Introduction

Welcome to Webclicker.org, a full featured Free Web Clicker Personal
Response System built for Effectiveness, Convenience, and Flexibility.

A Free Classroom Response System for Cell Phones! 

 

WebClicker.org Features

It is a web based free personal response system (or web clickers) that works on any internet accessible devices (phones, pads, PCs, Laptops) with a working browser (6 years or younger).

With a teacher’s account, a teacher can create a class and start voting in a matter of seconds.

Coming into class as a wishful blank slate, 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 good 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.   

Using WebClicker.org

The system can be used by anyone to teach a class, poll an audience, and vote for your president or chair.

Set up Accounts on WebClicker.org

Individual users or small group parties, you can create an account on the Public Channels. To create a teacher’s account, please self-register as a teacher and send an email to webclicker.org@gmail.com with a subject of “teacher account request”. Please include in the email your real name, school, potential student numbers, types of classes you plan to teach, and how frequent you expect to use the system. For optimal performance, priority will be given to teachers on the front lines. We reserve the rights to determine if a teacher account is to be approved or not.

For medium to large scale users, such as a college or a school district, we can create a dedicated channel for your institution. Please contact webclicker.org@gmail.com for such requests.   

User registration and privacy control:

Different institutions, parties, or individuals may require special care to their user controls and privacy protections. For example, some universities would not allow student names and class enrollment information be stored on a off-campus cloud. On the other hand, some organizations may want to control the type of users that can be enrolled in their classes, meetings, or polling groups. In response to the varying needs, webclicker.org system allows a flexible range of user reqistration and control modes discussed in the section below.

For example, if an institution wants to limit only certain users can be registered, the finely controlled method-4 (see below) can be used to narrow down the user pool.  Meanwhile, if an organization doesn’t allow their member information be stored on an external cloud, methods 1 and 2 can often be used. To help the needs that some teachers or group leaders may need to match users with local members, the resources listed in item-6 can often be used. Possible methods for local matching are also suggested below.  

  1. Anonymous self-registration with no email needed. However it is recommended for users to a working email for password retrieval.

  2. Anonymous self-registration with email confirmation that excludes the use of institutional emails so that users cannot be linked to any institutions and organizations.

  3. Anonymous self-registration with email confirmation that allows all types of emails.

  4. Self-registration with email confirmation that requires the use of institutional emails to allow finer user controls and to exclude external parties.

  5. To register as a teacher, users can self-register a teacher account, which needs to be manually activated by administrators.

  6. A distinctive random anonymous permanent ID (RAPID) is assigned to each user, which can be used by teachers to match clicker users with real students in his/her classes.

Student Data Matching:

Method 1: In class, the teacher can ask each student to write down his/her name and RAPID on a piece of paper and hand it in. The teacher (or TA usually) can keyin these RAPID in the local roster sheet.

Method 2: To match local students with webclicker users, a teacher can create a sequential number for each student by filling a sequence in the spreadsheet of the class roster. The teacher can email these numbers to the corresponding students respectively (lots of emails) or print these out with student names, cut the paper into slices that each contain only one student, and distribute these in class. Then the teacher can give the students  a clicker question for the numbers they have received. Download the results of this question and students can be matched locally.

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