The classroom response clickers are wireless and are similar to the audience polling devices seen on television shows in which audience members vote. As students vote (answers to questions posed by the instructor) using their clicker, responses are recorded and collated, and the aggregated data can be displayed on-screen as a bar graph or histogram.
Clickers can be used in any classroom in which there is a computer and data projector available. The only additional piece of equipment required is the clicker receiver that plugs into one of the computer’s USB ports. Several auditoria on campus (Wescoe, Budig, etc.) have receivers permanently available for faculty use, but if you are scheduled in a classroom without a clicker receiver, contact us and we’ll provide one. Some instructors use a flash drive, provided by the company, to run the iClicker Classic software. The polling data is automatically stored on the flash drive for easy transport to the instructor's office computer. Other instructors choose to run the software from their laptop. Software for download to a laptop is freely available (see "Access").
The company also provides another syster, iClicker Cloud, which allows the instructor and students to interact using mobile apps.
If you choose to adopt iClickers in your classroom, contact the KU Bookstore to be sure they order clickers for your course. Students will purchase the clickers at the KU Bookstore. Students will register their clickers in their course Blackboard site. Clicker registration allows course instructors to match students' responses to the students. There is no cost to the student to register their clicker for your course.
Optional iClicker Student App:
Instructors have the option to allow the use of the iClicker Student App, which allows students to use their personal laptops, mobile devices or smartphones as an iClicker.