Clickers at Brown - iClickers
What are they?
Clickers, or personal response systems, are handheld radio-frequency response devices that allow anonymous and specific polling and question-and-answer sessions in the classroom. The device transmits student responses to a receiver attached to an instructor's computer. The results can be displayed to the students or kept private. Brown recently acquired the new, easy-to-use iClicker system.
How do they work?
The instructor asks a question; students answer by pressing a button on their radio-frequency clickers. The answers are transmitted to a receiver plugged in to the instructor's computer. The answers can be displayed on-screen using the iClicker software, which can be installed from http://iclicker.com/dl/dl.html.
What software is needed?
iClicker software is all you need. iClicker software works with any software you like, including PowerPoint or Keynote. You can set up your questions using a presentation software or you can ask them to the class orally.
Where do I get the software?
Contact your instructional technologist or download it from www.iclicker.com.
What hardware is needed, and where do I get it?
For hardware, you'll need:
All of these, except for the laptop, can be obtained from your instructional technologist.
- USB drive with software, unless you load it from iClicker's Web site.
- an optional instructor clicker
- a laptop - (yours or a loaner from Media Services)
How do the students get the clickers?
If the instructor plans to use the clickers only once or twice, for 100 students or less, the Instructional Technology Department will furnish everything to the instructor.
If the clickers will be used repeatedly throughout the semester, students can check out clickers from the Friedman Center of the Science Library, level A. Students can register the clickers online if the instructor chooses to track responses throughout the semester.
Who will help me set it up and show me how to use it?
Your instructional technologist. Please give them at least two weeks' notice.