Joined: 19 Oct 2011
It’s official. I have gone Clicker Crazy! I have found ways to incorporate the clickers, or remote control keypads as they are known in my school district, into all kind of activities. These remote controls allow students to punch in answers electronically, and the results are posted on the overhead screen. For instance, the class answers a math problem, punching in either the number or choosing a mutliple choice answer, and then the screen shows what percent of the class got the answer correct.
Recently, I have pushed myself to take the remotes to another level. I began incorportating them into traditional games and review activities. For example, students use remotes to play Around the World by answering questions to move to the next table with the hopes of circling the whole classroom. Today, my students used the remote system when playing a game called Elimination Ball, where students get an answer correct then eliminate a classmate until there is only one student remaining.
The student who gets the beach ball must answer a question posed on the overhead screen within 30 seconds by using the remote. Students answering questions gets immediate feedback. If they get an answer wrong, they also get to see the correct answer.
I also plan to play Football, which will involve students answering questions to move down imaginary yards set up by tape in the classroom. It seems like any traditional game can be improved using remotes, and it is a great way to review a lot of material in a short time.
If you use remotes in your classroom and would like to write about the ways you have incorporated them into the classroom please visit the group, Innovative Teaching and click on the topic “Click Away.”