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March 4, 2011
using clickers as assessment tools in intervention settings
Using the clickers for class is a great tool, and using them in an intervention/inclusion class can work to your advantage in many ways.
In my class, many of the students have on the accommodations that all quizzes and tests need to be read to them. My approach was, "If I have to read it to these ten students, why not just read it to everyone?" While the bulk of the test is multiple choice (no problem with the clickers), I do have a few fill in and matching questions. Even if you have the RF cards (the ones that cannot do anything but submit letter answers) like I do, you can still use your clickers for the exam.
With fill in questions on exams, I provide the students with a word bank and make those ten words choices that the students can click. If I have more than ten fill-in questions (which for an intervention class, I typically don't), I simply break the fill in questions up into groups of ten (i.e. fill-in part A, fill-in part B, each with their own word bank, as to not confuse the students).
Matching is even easier. I simple take one side of the test section (usually the vocabulary word) and type in the question and have the students choose from the (up to) ten vocab words.
Meanwhile, the students receive a paper copy of the test, and I record the higher of the two scores (clicker vs. paper), as some students perform better on paper than they do tactically.
until next time,