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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Hello and welcome back to Clicker Chatter!

I have a question for you....have you ever been asked a question you were embarrassed to answer?

Never fear...clickers are here! I found another great article about clickers on CNET News, New for back-to-school:'Clickers'. This article is pretty interesting and easy to read. Further, it discusses everything clicker, such as how they work, what they look like, and their projected sales.

Part of this article describes how teachers are using clickers to give students a chance to answer embarrassing questions anonymously (one example used in the article was: Would you have your child circumcised?).

I think this is a great idea...especially in health class. Kids are more likely to be honest about their experiences with sex, drugs, whatever, if they don't think they are going to get in trouble for, or be embarrassed by, their answers.

That being said, clickers can provide a way for teachers to find out about the needs of their students. For example, if students admit (through their clickers), that they are having sex, then you know it's time for a lecture about condoms, STD's and teen pregnancy.

Wow, it's interesting to see all the different ways in which clickers are changing education. Can you think of a unique way to use a clicker in your classroom/LMC?

Goodnight,
Alicia

3 Comments:

Blogger Tracy Sparent said...

wow, that really is a great idea. That could really help get students to participate in class. I was one of those students who was always too afraid to talk in class - I would have loved something like that.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

What a great idea! I could see the use of clickers in a Social Studies government class for voting purposes. It would provide immediacy (as compared to pencil/paper) and there would be less chance of students influencing others!

5:50 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I was also a bashful student. That's what I like about the on-line learning environment. I think clickers would surely increase class participation.

Lisa

12:49 PM  

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