A Free Web Clicker System
Flip your classroom and have students voting
in less than one minute at zero cost!
WebClicker.org provides a free web based clicker system that works on any internet accessible devices (phones, pads, PCs, Laptops) with a working browser. Designed and developed by teachers and education researchers, it is a product for your classroom in schools or online, built for effectiveness, convenience, and flexibility.
Hardware and internet requirement are minimal. It is likely that 99% of college students have the equipment and connectivity ready. The load on network data is very light. Only a few bytes per vote. With 1 M data volume, a student can vote over 5000 times.
The learning curve for using the system is typically under 3 minutes. A teacher unprepared can create a class and start voting in a matter of seconds. Coming into the first day of a class, a student can create an account, enroll into a class, and start voting under a minute (depending on texting speed and the lengths of user and class ID’s). Second timer students can pull out their phones and send in their answers in seconds (assuming the answers are decided).
Outside class in preparation, a teacher can create a professional looking question (with existing material) in less than 5 seconds (based on typical fluency in using a desktop computer). During a class, a teacher can create a new question for an emerging idea or situation in 1 mouse click.
Now stop pure lecturing, start meaningful discussion, let peers teach each other, inspire curiosity, empower inquiry minds, and make learning a truly dynamic fun experience! Use webclicker.org and transform your classrooms.
- For back end class management and teacher front-end applications, please use any PC’s or Mac’s with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE, ….
- Please update to the newest versions to enable all features such as drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste pictures.
- For student front-end applications, use any device that has internet connection (WiFi or 2/3/4G) and a browser that is less than 5 years old.
- Teachers and students, on the front page, pick the channel for your institution or any open group that your teachers have set up. For example, OSU students will pick the OSU channel by clicking the OSU tab shown below:
- Once get in your institution log in page, pick a role and log in.
Teacher Access of Web Clickers
After log in teachers can modify user settings, run a clicker session, manage classes, and create/edit questions for use with clickers.
Manage Classes and Questions
Before running a clicker session, teachers can do a few things to prepare for the class. The following page shows the back-end of the teacher's admin page, with which a teacher can manage classes, users, and questions. The default landing page is question management, where teachers can search and review available questions created by themselves or shared by others. Teachers can also create and edit their own questions.
Create and Edit Questions
Currently the system provides three types of questions that are most frequently used in classroom polling: Multiple Choice Single Answer, Multiple Choice Multiple Answers, and Short Text. The main body of the question should be a picture, which you can create with a screen shot of your word processor or power point pages, or any page you want to create a question with. When creating a question, try to fill out those descriptive tags to allow more accurate searches. The question text area is also used for search purposes.
There are several ways to upload a picture: 1) take a screen shot and paste into the frame (Chrome and Firefox only); 2) drag and drop an existing picture or pdf file; and 3) browse for a local file to upload.
Create and Manage Classes
A teacher can create and manage classes for running clicker sessions. Classes can be created on both the back-end page (shown) and the clicker application page (detailed later).
With each class, a teacher can close or open for student self-registration, activate/deactivate the class, manage student users, mange clicker sessions to view clicker activity summaries and allow/disallow student access to questions after voting, and download student voting data in an excel file for further analysis.
Advanced Admin Features
Admin users can create or manage communities that link multiple classes together (like courses), with which teachers can share questions and work as a team. Admin users can also manage settings for the institution channel, manually assign roles for teachers, manually create new users, and many more.
Ready to go? Hit the “Run Clicker” tab or “Run Clicker” on the teacher log in page.
Also review the page on Run Web Clickers for further information.