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Helping Students

Buying a clicker

Your students can purchase a clicker at Tech Depot (located on the 1st floor of Baker Center). The price for clickers are as follows: $36 (new clicker) and $26 (used clickers while they last). To ease the cost of the clicker, let students know they can sell their clicker back to Tech Depot at the end of the quarter for $20 or keep it to use in another class in the future.

Registering Clickers Online

Students will need to register their clicker for your course using Blackboard. Here is a video tutorial that shows students how to register their clicker for your course.

Training students to use clickers

Does my clicker work?

One drawback to clickers is knowing they're working. Sometimes the batteries will expire. Sometimes clickers are damaged in bookbags. Sometimes the channel simply needs to be reset. It's a good policy to verify that the clickers work each day before class. Use the method described in the file below: 

Teach students how to test their clickers (PDF)

Teach students how to test their clickers (Word document)

Note: Another way to test clickers is to add a response grid to each question you ask during the lecture. The grid shows whose clicker answer was accepted. However, a response grid takes up space on your PowerPoint slide, especially if you teach a large class of 100 students or more. You could use a rotating response grid; however, the grid cycles through the student roster in sets of 20 and students have to wait for their names to show up before it goes to the next page. It's easy to miss.

This handout explains how to use and to care for clickers. Teach students how to use clickers (PDF document)