October 31, 2004

Remote-control teaching

I'm considering letting students have remote controls in class next semester.

A few weeks ago, a McGraw-Hill representative had a new techie toy along with the typical book display in our department conference room one day. E-instruction looked like a television remote, except it's designed to be linked to a receiver that a teacher programs. I'm sure it was originally designed for mass-given multiple-choice tests. But there are easily several other uses, from more private surveys of student attitudes/prior ideas to quick gauges of comprehension. I need to ask a few more questions about capacity (I have a wonderful idea of how to use it to queue students up in discussion), but I might try it out next term.

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Posted in Teaching on October 31, 2004 8:56 PM |