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July 12, 2005

Clickers? Gross

Wired News: Classroom Clickers Make the Grade

Hundreds of colleges, high schools and even middle schools are using "clickers" -- as even manufacturers call them. A moderator can pose a question and within seconds the respondents' answers are anonymously logged on a laptop at the front of the room.

Ok, lets use technology to further isolate us, ok?

Posted by jason at July 12, 2005 12:07 PM


It's not actually anonymous at all, at least. This article is confusing, because on one hand the clickers are doing all the grading for instructors and on the other hand they're allowing total anonimity.

When students buy their own clickers, their names are attached to it so they can be graded. If instructors are handing out clickers in class, then they might be anonymous, but if you hand out equipment within tallying who took what, surely some of that equipment will grow legs and walk away.

What the fail to mention is that the company who owns the software keeps a copy of all the data collected through the clickers.

Posted by: Rochelle at July 12, 2005 12:48 PM

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