Using Clickers to Engage Your Students

It is a well-known fact in Mathematics Education that active learning strategies have a considerable positive impact on student understanding of subject content. Clickers facilitate the implementation of some active learning strategies, such as student-student interactions and whole class discussions. This technology allows a student to respond, anonymously, to multiple choice or true-false questions. The software (Interwrite Response) records students’ responses and produces a bar graph of the recorded answers.  There is no learning curve for the students, since the clickers are intuitive. This technology provides timely and frequent feedback to students and instructors. In turn, this affects student engagement in active learning and positively changes students’ attendance and enthusiasm. These types of systems have been used for years by the SJU Biology faculty and recently began to gain popularity among the SJU Mathematics faculty.

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