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- Technology talks: Clickers and grading incentive in the large lecture hall
- Clickers in the Large Classroom: Current Research and Best-Practice Tips
- Click Thru-U
- Writing the Book on Clickers
- Clickers in the Classroom: An Active Learning Approach
- Inside Higher Ed: Clicker U
- OSU Research News: Students Who Use Clickers Score Better on Physics Tests
- i>clicker inventor, Tim Stelzer, presents “Models and Best Practices for Using Clickers” at the University of Michigan on September 1, 2010
- Better Examples through Peer Instruction
Register your course
We ask for you to register your course so that your classroom can be equipped with the proper hardware. In order to make sure there are enough clickers available to meet student needs, we also provide the Computer Showcase with anticipated enrollment figures for courses that have registered. The earlier you register, the better we are able to serve your needs.
Sign up for an i>clicker workshop
Click here to sign up for an i>clicker workshop, if you haven’t had a training session with us already. We will teach you everything you need to know about the instructor remote, the base, and the i>clicker software in order to ensure that your class runs smoothly. We will provide all necessary i>clicker hardware and software, which are free for faculty. We can also answer any questions you may have, as well as loan out practice kits for you to use. If you would like to schedule a separate training session or would like to arrange a departmental training, contact us to arrange a time by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get an i>clicker flash drive and instructor remote from us
The i>clicker software and instructor remotes are distributed for free during our workshops (see above for more about workshops). Make sure you fill out the information in the IF FOUND.txt file on the flash drive. We suggest adding your name and contact information to the file as soon as possible, so that the drive can be easily returned to you if it is lost.
If you would like to download the software instead, the files are available here. We are currently using version 6.4.2 of the software – please update if you have an older version. Please be sure to use the software provided by us rather than downloading it from the official i>clicker website. Our version has been thoroughly tested and includes required configuration files for CTools.
If you did not attend a workshop and need an instructor remote, you can simply stop by our office in G333 Mason Hall to ask for one.
Inform your students that you will be using the i>clicker system in your class
Feel free to adopt this slide and use it in your course on the first day. It gives students basic information on their clickers, and features a link to our student information page. It can also serve as a useful tool for instructors wanting extra practice with i>clicker. Students can purchase new or used i>clickers from the Computer Showcase.
Students can purchase a clicker device or a web>clicker subscription. The subscription service allows users to participate in polling by logging into the internet through a laptop, smartphone or other Wi-Fi enabled mobile device (such as an iPad). Please note that i>clicker devices and personal wifi-enabled devices with web>clicker subscriptions will work in any class using i>clicker; however the use of web>clicker MUST be approved by the instructor. Before purchasing a web>clicker subscription, students should be certain that the instructor will allow the use of personal wifi-enabled devices (such as smart phones, laptops, iPods) during class.
Although you may find using web>clicker convenient, there are a few important considerations:
- A future instructor might require students to buy a handheld unit.
- There will be no end of the semester buyback program for web>clicker subscriptions.
- web>clicker subscriptions may not be shared among students.
- Opened web>clicker subscription cards are NOT returnable at the Computer Showcase.
- Supported phones:
- iPhone OS 2.0 and above:
- iPod Touch
- Palm WebOS:
- Palm Pre
- Palm Pixi Plus
- Android OS 1.5 and above: (There are many devices that run Android OS 1.5 and above. The following is a sample of the available devices but is not a complete list.)
- Motorola DROID
- HTC Droid Eris
- Motorola Devour
- Motorola Backflip
- Samsung Moment
- Google Nexus One
- iPhone OS 2.0 and above:
It’s also convenient to know that i>clicker recently introduced a web>clicker app in the iTunes App Store, which you can download for free. Please note, though, that although the app itself is free it DOES require a web>clicker subscription.
If you don’t like having to manually log in to the Internet on a mobile device every time you use web>clicker, there’s a way to change it. Simply go to the following URL on the device: http://j.mp/mwireless It will allow you to install/set up MWireless, which eliminates the log in page. Once it is installed on your device, it will automatically connect when it is in range (i.e. in the classroom).
If you do decide to use web>clicker, you can read our documentation on how to use web>clicker.
Student i>clicker prices are as follows:
New i>clicker device = $38.00 (plus tax)
Used i>clicker device = $25.00 (plus tax)
web>clicker subscription prices vary
Make sure to check with the Computer Showcase for the most recent prices, as they are subject to change. Used i>clicker devices are only available while supplies last. At the end of the term, student clickers can be sold back to the Computer Showcase for $15.
Alternatively, students may share a clicker device. However, they can only do this if the two students sharing are not in the same class. Both students will need to register the clicker on CTools. Please note that web>clicker subscriptions can not be shared with other students and are not eligible for the semester-end buy back program.
1. Collect the data as you normally do in the classroom.
2. Later, on your Mac, open your flash drive → iclicker Win → Classes
3. Copy the class folder(s) you wish to grade on your Mac.
4. Now, go to your flash drive→ iclicker Mac → Classes and paste the folder(s) there.
5. Open i>clicker on your Mac and select your class.
6. Open Your Settings and Preferences.
7. Select the Registration/Export tab and make sure that Sakai is selected at the bottom.
8. Click Set For Course and quit i>clicker.
9. You must do this step, even if Sakai is already selected.
10. You may now open i>grader and access your class data.
When you are finished using i>grader on your Mac, go through the following steps:
1. Go to iclicker Mac → Classes and copy the folder(s).
2. Go back to iclicker Win → Classes and paste the folder(s).
You will need to go through these steps each time you wish to grade on your Mac.
If web>clicker is permitted in your class, students may purchase a subscription for their WiFi enabled devices that interacts with the i>clicker system in the same was a clicker device. web>clicker subscriptions can be purchased from i>clicker.
The receiver unit, which is required to run a presentation, will be permanently housed in certain classrooms. Check the drawers of the podium to see if there is a receiver installed in your classroom. If you do not have one, please contact us. If possible, we will install a receiver in the room; if the receiver cannot be accommodated, we will loan one to you for the semester.
Alternately, instructors can download the software at no charge. It is important that the software is downloaded us rather than from i>clicker’s website. The files provided here for download and on the flash drives have been configured for use with CTools.
Each remote will need to be changed to the new frequency, including the instructor remote. To do so, press and hold On/Off button until power light flashes. Then, enter the 2-key frequency code that you chose in the Settings and Preferences menu. These instructions can also be found on the back of any i>clicker remote. Additional information on i>clicker frequencies can be found on page 29 of the i>clicker User’s Guide. <br/.>
Note: In order to change the frequency of a remote, you must have an i>clicker session running using that frequency.
If you need an instructor remote or if your classroom doesn’t already have a base installed, please contact us.
On the instructor’s end, the data will not appear any differently; however, you will have to enable web>clicker access within the Settings and Preferences menu for your i>clicker course. There is also documentation available to help guide you through the process, see: How to Enable Web>Clicker in Your Course.
- If you still have the software that you used to activate web>clicker in the first place, just launch i>clicker, select the course (Choose), go into My Settings > web>clicker/SPS Setup, UNCHECK the “allow web>clickers…” box, and Submit.
- If you do NOT have the software or have already deleted the class, you must choose ANY course in i>clicker, enter the My Settings > web>clicker/SPS setup screen, ACTIVATE your current course using the SAME email address & password combination that you previously used with your earlier course (that’s the tricky part if you tend to use different passwords all the time), and Submit. THEN re-enter the web>clicker/SPS Setup screen, click the EDIT button, and check the courses you wish to disable… (assuming you would check ALL). Once you do THAT, click “Cancel” on the main web>clicker/SPS setup screen lest you re-enable that course for web>clicker.
- Open i>grader
- Click the Sync... button in the bottom-right corner of the window.
- At the prompt, click Yes.
- Wait for the CMS Integrate Wizard to open.
- Log in with your CTools user name and password.
- Select your course from the drop-down menu
- Click Import Student Roster from CMS.
- Wait for the synchronization to complete. Restart i>grader.
Students who are registered for your course and who have registered their remotes on CTools will now appear in i>grader.
My students’ names are not appearing in i>grader.
- Sync your roster.
- Make sure that your students have registered their remotes on CTools—not i>clicker.com. You should also add the i>clicker tool to your CTools site. Once they have registered their clicker on CTools, sync your roster again.
- Approve the grades in CTools gradebook.
Still having trouble syncing? Try this:
1. Select Sakai: Open the Settings and Preferences menu for your i>clicker course. Under the LMS/Registration tab, make sure that Sakai is selected as your course management system (CMS).
2. Check Internet connection: Both i>grader and web>clicker require an internet connection. Open a web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.) and ensure that the internet is working properly. If you are on campus, it is possible that you are connected to the UM Wireless Network but have not logged in. Log in and try again.
- First, in i>grader, export your session data. Next, open “uploadfile.csv,” which is located in your class folder (first open Classes, then find your specific class folder). Once in Excel, click Edit and select Replace.
- Leave the first box (“Find what”) blank. Fill in the 2nd box (“Replace with”) with “0.” Click Replace All, then OK, and close the Replace window. Now, all of your empty scores are filled with 0′s.
- Save the file.
- Reopen i>grader and continue the upload process. All of the scores in Gradebook should now have a 0 listed instead of a dash.
- In your iclicker folder, open the Classes folder
- Open the class’s folder that you would like to modify
- Open the SessionData folder
- There should be two of each file in this folder: one being .csv and the other being .raw
- The files are named “L”, the year (13 for 2013), the month (11), the date, then the time
- Find the session files from the day that you would like to duplicate using the above information
- Make a copy of both the .csv and .raw files
- Rename the copies to the appropriate date
- For example, L1311201036 would become L1311221036 if the 2nd class was on 11/22/13.
- Open i>grader
- You will now see a new column for the 2nd class that you just created
- Click twice on the column of the original session (that you copied) to open the “Session Summary” window
- Delete all questions that were asked during the 2nd class then click “Set and Close”
- Click twice on the column of the newly created class to open the “Session Summary” window
- Delete all questions that were asked during the original class then click “Set and Close”
- Note: The copied session will not include screenshots or charts. If you would like to fix them, please contact us.
- The questions should now be appropriately separated in i>grader
- Open your flash drive. Then, iclicker (Win/Mac) → Classes → (Your Class)
- Open the SessionData folder.
- After you have made a copy of the file and moved the copy out of the SessionData folder, you can open the file and make any edits you need to.
Warning: Do not modify the files in the SessionData folder in any way. Make a copy of the session(s) you want to view, and place them in another location.
Note: the file naming convention for the raw data is LYEARMONTHDAYTIME.csv. For example, a session that started at 2PM on October 14th, 2011 would be called L1110141400.csv.
Feel free to download these guides if you would like a PDF copy of the information found on this page.
Quick-Start Guides to i>clicker
These guides can also be found on the i>clicker flash drives provided by ISS.