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Teaching with Clickers: How, for What, and with What Mind-Set?
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 1:00 PM -1:30 PM
  Author: Ian Beatty, University of North Carolina Greensboro
336.256.8600, idbeatty@uncg.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Clickers are a powerful tool for classroom instruction, but like any tool, they may be used skillfully or clumsily, for more or less fruitful purposes. What purposes are fruitful? Why do some teachers give up, some muddle along, some succeed, and some entirely transform their teaching? Based on personal teaching experiences, mentoring of others, and several years of research with teachers learning to use clickers, we offer some hard-won answers to these questions. Clicker use is best aimed at supporting question-driven instruction, dialogical discourse, formative assessment, and meta-level communication in the classroom. How teachers *frame* classroom activity -- their deeper attitudes, models, and professional thought habits -- is the most important factor determining their results. Explicit, concrete yet flexible "question design patterns" for creating clicker questions and "pedagogical patterns" for using them in class help teachers avoid common traps, get unstuck from ruts, and take full advantage of clickers' potential.
  Footnotes: See http://ianbeatty.com/aapt-2011s for slides and additional materials.
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