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Future use of ‘clickers’ in the classroom explored at national conference

by Laurie Naiser last modified May 20, 2010 04:39 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville will host a national conference June 4 to explore new ways to use “clickers” in the classroom.

Clickers are hand-held response systems that connect students to each other as well as to the instructor. When using clickers, an instructor can ask a question and within seconds student responses are captured on a laptop. Proponents of clickers say the immediate feedback, student engagement and ability to collect and store data contribute to better classroom experiences.

“The technology makes sense because it boosts student engagement and the teacher can find out immediately if the class understands difficult concepts,” said Marie Kendall Brown, assistant director of UofL's Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. “Today’s students have grown up with grown up gaming and remote controls so this is a natural fit for them.”

The conference at UofL costs $175, is open to the public, and will feature tech-savvy discussion leaders who will share best practices and innovative strategies for using clickers. Conference registration and a continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m.

To learn more or register for the conference, visit http://louisville.edu/delphi/clicker or call (502) 852-6456

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