I am always getting e-mails and IMs from young friends when I know they are in class. I scold them, and at the same time, I know I wouldn’t be able to resist the Internet on my laptop during lectures either. Clickers to keep tabs on student learning in colleges—and, just as important, to keep them from sleeping and surfing—is not new. I remember the first wave of stories from 2005, and use of the technology predates that. But the media has taken to clicker stories lately: Here is one from Trish Wilson of the Philadelphia Inquirer in September, and another from Jacques Steinberg at the New York Times this week.
I love stories about teaching and learning in college classrooms almost as much as I love articles proclaiming the primacy of pie!