My friend Derek Bruff's new book Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments has just been released.
I first met Derek at the inaugural Clicker Conference last fall at the University of Louisville (KY) during the cocktail reception . . . where all the significant learning at any conference occurs, right?
He told me about his book and how its creation evolved . . . how he interviewed some of the best teachers using the best approaches . . . and I couldn't wait to read it! Now that I have it in my hands I can't put it down. I'm still not finished yet, but I've already learned a lot more than I knew before about the "best practices" in using classroom response systems.
Derek sees the goal of clicker use as an increase in student engagement and participation in the course . . . that is, a more active style of learning.
Here's a sample of topics from the book:
- Engaging Students with Clickers
- Assessing Students with Clickers
- A Taxonomy of Clicker Questions
- Teaching Choices
- Technical and Logistical Choices
- Why Use Clickers?
Be sure to check out Derek's blog Teaching with Classroom Response Systems.
I'll have more on my own experience with clickers . . . and what I learned at the Clicker Conference . . . in subsequent posts.