Title: Teaching with Clickers: How, for What, and with What Mind-Set?
Abstract: Clickers are a powerful tool for classroom instruction, but like any tool, they may be used skillfully or clumsily, for more or less fruitful purposes. What purposes are fruitful? Why do some teachers give up, some muddle along, some succeed, and some entirely transform their teaching? Based on personal teaching experiences, mentoring of others, and several years of research with teachers learning to use clickers, we offer some hard-won answers to these questions. Clicker use is best aimed at supporting question-driven instruction, dialogical discourse, formative assessment, and meta-level communication in the classroom. How teachers frame classroom activity — their deeper attitudes, models, and professional thought habits — is the most important factor determining their results. Explicit, concrete yet flexible “question design patterns” for creating clicker questions and “pedagogical patterns” for using them in class help teachers avoid common traps, get unstuck from ruts, and take full advantage of clickers’ potential.
Date/Time: Monday, Aug 1, 1:00—1:30 PM.
Location: HC 3029
Here’s the prezi (that interactive, zooming/panning visual) I used for the talk. You can follow my step-by-step path, or explore it yourself (Flash required, alas):
Here’s the paper with a whole lot more about the TEFA pedagogy and the “four principles”: