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iClicker technology boosts student engagement

Ryan Wilson/For the Saturday Morning Press

Students learn differently today. Books have become ebooks, highlighters look like smart phones taking pictures, and tablets have replaced three-ring binders. To meet the technological demands of today's student, Colorado Northwestern created the Committee for Innovation in the Classroom in the Fall of 2015. Their job was to evaluate and recommend technology that would engage students in the classroom.

The first innovation that the CIC embraced is called "clickers." These devices work like a smart phone with a simple interface that allows students to respond to instructor-initiated questions in a real-time environment. The result has increased, meaningful discussion, reflection and immediate feedback that the instructor can use toward more effective teaching. Currently clickers are being used in History, Geology, Nursing and Dental Hygiene classes across both campuses. So the next time you walk into a lecture hall and everyone is pointing what looks like a "remote control" at their instructor, don't worry. This is just the face of 21st Century Education at CNCC.

Ryan Wilson is the instructor of History/Technology Support at CNCC.Ryan Wilson is the instructor of History/Technology Support at CNCC.Ryan Wilson is the instructor of History/Technology Support at CNCC.

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