Interactive technology changes classroom experience at colleges: You know those things people used to vote on America’s Funniest Home videos? Apparently they’ve made their way into college classrooms now.
[…] in 90 seconds, [the professor] had roughly 150 student responses displayed on an overhead screen, plotted as a multicolored bar graph — 64 percent, yes, 35 percent, no.
The devices, called “clickers” by Cheit’s students, are increasingly finding their way into college classrooms and are being used on hundreds of campuses. Users say they change the classroom dynamic, providing a way to get feedback and engage students in large, impersonal lecture halls. They also say they provide a way around students’ fear of giving a wrong answer in front of their peers, or of expressing unpopular opinions.