Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Parent to Parent: Class Clickers
Getting kids involved in the classroom is always a challenge, but these days students are are clicking their way to success. In tonight's Parent to Parent, 7's Lynn Martinez has a look at a new gadget that's making the grade in classrooms all across the country.
WSVN -- It might look like a TV remote, but it's actually the latest in classroom technology.
It's an i-click the University of Miami is using the trendy new tool in class to see if students are really learning.
Isaac Prilleltensky, UM Professor: "It's a welcome addition to the classroom, I was a little hesitant at first to learn one more tool, but it's actually very easy to use."
Students click on true, false or multiple choice questions, and the answers are instantly calculated and displayed for all to see.
Jake Weinfeld: "The best thing about it is it really keeps us involved, you know, they're asking engaging questions, making sure we're not taking a nap or dozing off or on facebook or whatever."
Teachers like them too because they encourage participation and stimulate discussion
Jordan Weinkle: "It's great because you don't have to raise your hand. You don't have to speak out loud if you don't want to, and you can see if you're on the right track with the rest of your class."
Clickers are popping up in classrooms from coast to coast. From middle school to college kids are clicking away.
Ora Prilleltensky, UM Professor: "They grew up with technology, they're always clicking something instead of clicking their cellphones they're clicking their clickers."
There are lots of different models all of them cost about 430 and students only have to buy one.
Jake Weinkle: "It's for your whole college career, unlike text books, which you have to get new ones for each semester. It's just a one time thing."
A one time thing that's changing the way our kids learn.
Clickers also track classroom attendance and can be used in quizzes.
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