Thursday, April 22, 2010
Clickers in Class
We used a form of clickers in class on Tuesday and I had mixed feelings about them. First of all like an technology it took awhile to get things started. They were not working so we had to wait and figure out what the problem was, it caused a loss of a lot of time. This scares me away from things such as these clickers because as a teacher we do not have a lot of time to spare in our classrooms. I would love to integrate this type of technology into my lesson plans but I would always have to create back up plans in case the technology malfunctioned. The next problem with these clickers was that there was mass confusion on how to use them properly. It took another several minutes after we figured out how to work the clickers to actually give our answer to the poll question. This also worries me because I do not want mass confusion with all of my students. I feel as though we could overcome this problem much easier than the first one however. After a while my students should figure out how to use the clickers and it should become a bit of a routine.
Overall I thought the clickers were a great way to allow all of your students to participate in class. Sometimes students as just to unsure in class to raise their hand and answer a question, but with these clickers no one knows whose answer is whose. This is a wonderful thing because students are not as scared to be wrong! This technology could definitely increase some students confidence.