Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Clickers in the Classroom

Could clickers make a difference in the legal writing classroom? The NY Times has a great article on clicker use in various classrooms.  It seems that they are becoming ubiquitous at the undergrad level:

In recent years, college students have been bringing clickers to lecture halls, where professors require their use for attendance, instant polls and multiple-choice tests. Corporate executives sometimes distribute the devices at meetings, and then show survey responses immediately on Power Point slides. Just two of many companies that make clickers have sold nearly nine million units, which typically cost between $30 and $40 apiece, in under a decade. One the companies, Turning Technologies, sold 1.5 million in 2011 alone.

I have colleagues that use clickers in doctrinal courses, but to the best of my knowledge, my legal writing colleagues have not adopted them yet.  It seems like a clicker would be a great tool to respond to a writing sample displayed on a slide.  I wondered if any legal writing programs have made good use of clickers.  Please feel free to post a comment if you have.



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We used clickers last semester for a citation review. It gave the students a chance to see how well they knew citation rules compared to their classmates without the humility of being singled out as Bluebook slackers.

Posted by: Diane Kraft | Apr 11, 2012 6:14:50 AM

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