What is SRS?

Classroom clickers or student response system (sometimes called audience response systems) were in high demand in many classrooms, universities, and training programs across the country.

Research on clickers have proven that student response systems can change instruction and impact student learning. 

The purpose of having clickers: Knowing what your students know...instantly.

How do student response systems work?
Each student in your classroom is given a wireless handheld response pad, or clicker, with which they are able to answer questions. The clicker may even be built into software, app, or web based application on a laptop or tablet. The teacher poses a question verbally or through the computer onto a projector and the student responds with their handheld device, which may be a hardware clicker, phone, tablet, or through a laptop. 
Clickers make grading a snap of both formative and summative assessments, and the ability to pose verbal questions and receive immediate feedback from students. 

iPad/iPhone Apps
Infuse Learning
Poll Everywhere

Chromebook Apps
Poll Everywhere
Google Forms

Web based
Poll Everywhere
Exit Ticket
Google Forms

The Impact of Clicker Technology on Student Learning

Clickers provide true data-driven instruction
After students respond to a question using their tablets or response pads, the teacher is able to see immediately how students answer and if they understand the material being taught. This provides data to decide if remediation is needed or if the teacher can proceed new material, based on student results.

Clickers engage students & make learning motivating and fun
Clicker technology, very similar to the familiar feel of a remote control, is comfortable and fun for students of all ages.  The younger generation instinctively knows how this "gadget" works, and the immediate feedback it provides makes learning fun and effective for both young and old. 

Incorporating clicker technology into a BYOD environment with software such as MimioMobile or CPS makes participation for students even more motivating.

Clickers involve everyone and embarrass no one
Clicker technology allows every student to answer without the fear of humiliation or negative attention. When using student response systems, every student can share their input without embarrassment rather than allowing one or two eager students to dominate discussions.

When discussing controversial topics, students can also answer and voice their opinion anonymously. Answering anonymously encourages the audience to be completely honest, providing more accurate surveys and voting situations.

Clickers can be used both formative and summative assessments

Student response systems offer a wide variety of formative and summative assessment options, including teacher-driven or student-driven. Questions can be posed entirely through the computer for a daily pop quiz, reviews, surveys, or verbal questioning during lectures.

With the self-paced testing mode available in some clickers, students can also progress through assessments at their own speed. Students can even take paper tests through the remotes, which saves the instructor prep time and still allows the software to do the grading. 

Teaching with Clickers

Using clickers on a daily basis in your classroom may take a little doing on your part to slowly migrate them into your classroom routine. However, few technologies have as much potential to totally change your classroom dynamics.It's up to you to decide which (or just how many) of these creative ideas you'll adopt to make clickers a hit in your classroom!

More Than Just A Time Saver
Although classroom clickers are incredible assessment tools that make grading a snap and saves the teacher a ton of time, many of the ideas below are for using clickers on a daily basis in your classroom to engage and motivate your students. Using student response systems as a formative assessment tool in this manner is what will really transform your classroom.

Clicker Housekeeping

  • Introduce clickers at the beginning of the year or semester
  • Organize, store, and distribute clickers effectively
  • Provide makeup-work or missed materials with CPS reports
  • Use clickers for bell work

Lecture/Discussion Strategies

  • Use clickers with lecture or discussion
  • Ask clicker questions with zero preparation
  • Use clickers with peer instruction or think-pair-share

Clickers with Other Software

  • Use clickers with an online quiz
  • Use clickers with any instructional content or software

Varying the Classroom Routine

  • Liven up test reviews with fun clicker games
  • Use clickers to generate a journal topic
  • Review reading homework
  • Use clickers to study conventions
  • Use clickers to expand vocabulary
  • Use clickers in a station setting
  • Motivate with clickers

Clickers and Assessment

  • Use clickers to deliver pre- and post-tests
  • Curb cheating by delivering multiple test versions
  • Move question-by-question through an activity or test
  • Use clickers with formative writing assessments

   Clickers and Grading

  • Spotcheck homework using clickers
  • Give a clicker participation grade
  • Give "partial credit" with clickers

Sources: edtechteacher.org