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Hey Bill- Just a wondering I had from your wondering about Kerry's wondering... Does the instant access to answers cheapen the learning at all? Does it harm retention? I'm always looking up answers just in time on my phone to things I wonder about and I'm not sure I hold onto that info for much longer than the moment I need it. I wonder if the actual act of seeking out answers in a more involved process helps retention? Did the longer processes of the past separate those that REALLY wanted to know the answer from those that weren't willing to work to find out? I wonder if the very knowledge that answers are instantly available is a deterrent to trying to retain those answers long term? In other words- it's great that we can instantly acquire answers, but why should we then bother to remember them? Just some wonderings as I read through these posts. Thanks for making me wonder :)
I'm interested in ideas centered around more meaningful uses of clickers than as multiple choice/rote question responders. How can they help foster critical thinking? Help develop analysis? Thinking more along the lines of using them as feeling/reaction points- kind've like how, if you watch coverage of a major speech there are these indicators of how the focus group feels during certain parts. I can see developing a 1-10 scale and then, every 10 seconds students could give a ranking on how they approve of the message being delivered. Could show change over time and help get into good/poor word choice throughout a speech/piece of writing or film. Could break the data down male/female and see if there are differences and why...If you've worked on MI theory you could even slice it between intelligences and see if there are any trends. You could also use clickers for students self-assessing themselves throughout a project. Build the rubric, have it posted and then as students reach reflection points they could self-assess. Then that data could be used as a jumping off point for them when they have more time to reflect on why they assessed themselves in that way and how they could improve. Just spitballin' here! But I think we can take these devices and push them outside of the box they seem to be in right now. Thanks for getting me thinking again, Bill.
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Feb 26, 2011