Professors should incorporate iClickers into curriculum

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    It’s an unassuming device to say the least. Its small, off-white shell and six buttons portrays a simple, elegant interface that everyone can understand.

    This simplicity is making the iClicker more and more popular among professors on campus. From attendance to lectures to quizzes, these little devices are changing the way class is conducted.

    Many professors now require students to purchase an iClicker as part of the materials for their classes, which leads to the question, why don’t more professors use them?

    IClickers offer instant, anonymous feedback to students in class so they can see where they need to ask questions, and since it also shows how many people answered and how they answered, it allows professors to instantly see how well the class understands 8212; or doesn’t understand 8212; the material being discussed.

    Granted, they are a little costly up front, but once students purchase one and register it, they will be able to keep the same iClicker for their entire careers at TCU. Better yet, they will only have to register it one time, because it registers to your student ID, meaning it will automatically follow the student from class to class.

    With all of these benefits, it just seems logical that more and more professors should start to incorporate the iClicker into their curriculum, and we hope they do.

    Multimedia editor Matt Coffelt for the editorial board.