Create a collaborative online classroom with Top Hat’s online classroom software a true classroom clicker alternative
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 clicker software for higher education transforms smartphones, laptops and tablets into classroom clickers, and enables professors to teach in a learning environment that’s engaging.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Traditonal hardware clickers are generally not that cheap, prices can vary however from $20 up to $80 for students.
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.