ERIC Number: EJ902131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Now We're Really Clicking!
Popelka, Susan R.
Mathematics Teacher, v104 n4 p290-295 Nov 2010
Interactive response systems go by a multitude of names--clickers, polling devices, automatic hand raisers, "those cell phone thingies." In this article, the author describes how she used a clicker with her precalculus students. The clicker is one of several types widely used in K-12 classrooms, each of which has its own variety of features and options. However, the brand of clickers used is not nearly as important as "how" they are used to increase student learning and to drive instruction. Using clickers in a high school mathematics classroom--before, during, and after instruction--provides data on students' understanding and attitudes. One hundred percent of the author's precalculus students think that the interactive response system she used in her classroom is helping them understand precalculus better. The most dramatic effect that using clickers has had in her classroom is on the struggling students, the ones who sit back and let someone--anyone--else in the class do the work. Clickers allow even struggling students to become an integral part of the class instead of remaining outsiders. (Contains 6 figures.)
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Mathematics, High Schools, Interaction, Student Attitudes
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Education Level: High Schools
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