The Enhancement of Learning Clickers’ Project is just about to get into full swing as teaching resumes this week at DIT. Over the past week the clicker project holders and I met to discuss their projects and demonstrate how to use the clickers in teaching. We all agreed use of the Turningpoint clickers is straightforward via PowerPoint. I introduced the following topics on using the clickers at the session: Creating Interactive slides, Participant registration tool, Setting Correct Answers and Generating Reports. Also we discussed the different question tools available. Also there are several short and snappy video tutorials available on http://trainingportal.turningtechnologies.com/turningPoint.cfm.
I also introduced the ‘Clicker Resource Guide: An Instructors Guide to the Effective Use of Personal Response Systems (Clickers) in Teaching’. This guide provides good suggestions on different questioning techniques for use with the clickers and also incorporates discipline specific examples. Also Derek Bruff’s Blog contains great tips on writing clicker questions see Best Practices for Writing Clicker Questions You can also follow http://twitter.com/#!/derekbruff on Twitter.
In the past week The Chronicle of Higher Education published an interesting article about student engagement and large class sizes: ‘Teaching Extra-Large Classes and the Role of Technology’.
This is the start of an interesting trial of teaching with clickers at DIT from which many reflections will come about.