Engage your students with Top Hat’s classroom clickers
There’s something very distracting about lecturing to a class full of students looking at their phones. As instructors move to incorporate different active learning teaching strategies like blended learning and flipped classrooms in their learning environments, the need for educational technology grows. Fortunately, there has been a lot of innovation in the educational technology sector recently. Top Hat’s higher education software transforms smartphones, laptops and tablets into classroom clickers, and enables professors to teach in a learning environment that’s engaging.
Classroom clickers help you streamline lecture prep
Populate your lecture slides with a range of interactive, multimedia question types designed to challenge every learner. Choose from basic (including multiple choice, word answer, quizzes, numeric answer, fill-in-the-blank and more) or select from our advanced offerings (including video assignments, chemistry drawings, and more). All of our questions are auto-graded to save instructors time. You can also import free interactive questions from the Top Hat Marketplace, a digital resource that houses thousands of pieces of dynamic content. We offer industry-leading instructional design and curriculum design support, so educators are set up for success from day one.
Unlike traditional clickers, Top Hat’s software syncs directly with the devices students already own and use. There’s no need for students to purchase additional hardware. Simply download our classroom clicker app and away you go. We also integrate with popular learning management systems, including Moodle, Blackboard and Desire2Learn.
Track attendance easily
Top Hat classroom clickers allow instructors to automatically verify whether a student is physically present in class. They can easily take attendance by prompting students to sign in on their devices using a unique code, and instructors can auto-assign grades for attendance. Top Hat uses proprietary market-leading technology to verify the physical location of students, ensuring that only those students attending get counted. And, we also built in excused absence options for flexibility.
A fully synchronous lecture experience
Interactive teaching and learning come together in a synchronous experience when you use Top Hat’s classroom clickers. Instructors can sync their lecture slides with students’ clickers so they can follow along in real-time. Students are unable to move ahead of the instructor, so their attention remains focused on what’s being presented. You can share student responses and correct answers to questions posed in class using visual graphs, word clouds and heat maps.
Gauge student comprehension and understanding on the fly. With Top Hat’s classroom clickers you can embed interactive polling questions between your slides to create seamless presentations aligned to your lecture plan.
Make learning more collaborative and increase participation
Top Hat’s classroom clickers allow professors to run real-time discussions, embedded within the flow of a lecture. Students can choose to participate anonymously, ensuring that everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts, even when the subject matter is sensitive. Instructors can also use Top Hat to encourage and facilitate group work and peer-to-peer collaboration and interaction.
Top Hat classroom clickers allow you to track and assess student performance and automatically assign grading weight to interactive questions, attendance and participation, all uploaded directly into the Top Hat gradebook. All responses and participation grades are captured instantly in the Top Hat gradebook for students to access any time. You can export grades easily to your LMS. And you can analyze auto-graded results to gauge comprehension and identify concepts to review or reinforce in your next lecture.
With Top Hat classroom clickers, student learning continues after class is finished
The educational experience doesn’t start and end in the space of your lecture window. Once your lecture is complete, you can assign slides in review mode, allowing students to download on their clickers and study at any time. Plus, you can add digital learning activities like quizzes to offline assignments and coursework to keep the learning experience alive.
Student engagement is easy with Top Hat classroom clickers
Our classroom technology software is designed to help educators improve their classroom instruction techniques. It’s proven to increase engagement and participant interaction and collaboration in classrooms. We’re used by over 750 of the top 1000 colleges and universities across North America. See why they trust our audience response tool — sign up for a personalized consultation today.
Create an active learning environment where every student, from the front to the back row, can participate and have a voice
Enhance your teaching methods by using Top Hat to offer a synchronous lecture with a focus on student-centered learning.
Instructors can sync their lecture slides with students’ devices, allowing them to follow along in real-time.
Students are unable to move ahead of the instructor, so their attention remains focused on what’s being presented.
You can share student responses and correct answers to questions posed in class using visual graphs, word clouds and heat maps.
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What is a clicker?
A hardware clicker is technologically very similar to how an infrared TV remote works, however, in this case, it tracks student responses by sending infrared signals to a computer that displays the results instantly. With Top Hat, however; students’ use their existing devices and don’t need an additional piece of hardware to send a response to a professor.
Are traditional clickers expensive?
Traditonal hardware clickers are generally not that cheap, prices can vary however from $20 up to $80 for students.
Why is Top Hat’s clicker system more effective than a hardware clicker?
Students can use their own devices such as cellphone’s that act as a replacement for hardware clickers, data that is received by the professor is also in real-time.