Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mission Accomplished

I created a plagiarism awareness presentation. Who would think a lesson on plagiarism would engage three EBS classes?!!

By using a mix of answerable and "food for thought" questions, I feel that my students have a better understanding of what is right. In one class 60% fessed up to having plagiarized and slightly lower numbers in the other two. The anonymity allowed them to discuss views without admitting their own moral shortcomings! I hope to polish this up as an extension of what I did previously for my Plagiarism Awareness Committee. I also would love to see students design their own questionnaires.

The design process took some struggle with the different PowerPoint years. My PC has 2003 so I converted to 2007, but then the labs wouldn't recognize the newer. Thankfully Amarjit, winded but quite cheerfully literally ran to the rescue to Tech.(I'm sorry I can't remember who else came that first day). The second time she and Manny came as well. There was an interface problem but this was rectified.

If I can learn to do this better, without the glitches, I would like to use this for other lessons. It truly is a wonderful tool.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Clickers in the Classroom

We began class this morning with five slides. The material consisted of current events that have been discussed in the classroom and are also available in the web-enhanced material in the form of Discussions or Web Links. The students felt comfortable since it was anonymous. They loved it and enjoyed the interactive aspects of this technology as well as the fact it was something new and different.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Clickers in the Classroom

I used the ARS 'Clickers in the Classroom' technology for the first time in class this week. Creating the slides in Turning Point was easy and all ran smoothly on this first try. The students were very pleased with the series of 5 questions which reviewed the content presented. I can see the value of this technology for classroom assessement and will definitely continue to use it.

Friday, December 7, 2007


What happened to the last blog that I already wrote to?
Anyway, I used the clickers with approximately 35 students and two different units. I had 20 questions for each unit and did the questions as a review before the exam. The students did enjoy the using the clickers and did like this form of review......they want me to make the questions more difficult as they are on their exam. ( I will do this when I have the time.)
I will use the clickers again.
I will not use the timer in each slide. It took too long and was not necessary. It is easier to just move on when the students have all answered and the teacher has finished discussion with the questions.
My only problem was technology.........some of the questions in the powerpoint did not have the smiley face come up on the correct answer. Maybe it was my fault in the original set up. I will go through each slide and check.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Clickers in Non Majors Biology

I have been using the clickers to reveiw each chapter that is covered. Sometimes it is at the end of a class and sometimes it is at the beginning. I think the students like it and seem to be interacting with each other more as a result of using the clickers. I just don't know if this is helping improve their grades on exams, which is how I assess learning.

Clickers in the Classroom

Hello... to all of the ARS Pilot Program Users

I devised 25 questions for my first attempt using ARS in the classroom. The questions reflected information that the students had received in the first module of the class and had already been tested on over a month ago. It served as an excellent review of the information. Those students who remembered the information were very pleased with themselves.On the other hand, for those who selected incorrect options, it provided an impetus for them to review the information. I allowed 25-30 seconds for responses. In the future for easier questions, I will probably allow 20 seconds. I utilized all of the time elapse icons. The students did NOT like
the descending ball...they found it distracting. I found this to be a nice change from classroom powerpoint since it is interactive. My only complaint is regarding the set up instructions to do a practice run of the system. It was not that easy since some of the onscreen prompts differed from the instruction guide. I am looking forward to using this again.

Donna D

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Clickers in Grammar Class

I used clickers twice in my high intermediate grammar class. As others have said, the students loved it! It was fun and a non intimidating way to see how much the students comprehended. Judging from their answers, I saw where I may need to spend more time reviewing.

The actual creation and implementation of the clickers was pretty easy. Yes, I made errors, but I can see the process getting quicker. The instructions attached to the clickers themselves is excellent!

I will continue to use clickers in my spring grammar class and perhaps another class. They are a great way to start the course.

Thank you Tom and Amarjit for all your help.