Thanks to a Beyond the Books grant, students in Jennifer Ritchason’s social studies class at Kingsley Junior High School are able to use the remote clicker systems for studying. The Pantagraph detailed how Ritchason’s class is able to use the grant and how much the students like it.
“It makes studying more fun. It did help me memorize the information,” said Kingsley Junior High School eighth-grader Tim Barnes of Normal.
Students hold a remote device and respond to a teacher’s questions with a click of a button. Answers appear on a classroom screen.
Barnes, in a social studies class taught by Jennifer Ritchason, scored high on a practice quiz and review about World War I. First, his teacher showed a video and reviewed the material.
On some questions, every student had the correct answer; other times, closer to half knew the right answer. The results showed the teacher where a little more work might be needed.
“It’s instantaneous feedback,” said Ritchason, who piloted a project last year and got the devices permanently in her class through a $2,000 grant from Beyond the Books.