The clicker. Such a simple device with twelve little round buttons, created for polling answers and allowing students to rack up participation points. They’re sold at the Bookstore for a small fee of forty dollars. Most students on campus are blessed to have to use these wondrous tools. But there has been recent speculation about converting to a clicker-less world! Can you imagine? A place where students didn’t have to purchase forty dollars of pure technological genius?
Apparently, in place of clickers, students would be able to use their tablets, phones, or any kind of device with internet capabilities in order to do the clicker’s work. In addition, students would also be required to buy a subscription to a program that will allow their technological devices to carry out this task. This sounds like an amazing opportunity for students who already have a clicker to now purchase a subscription and render their beloved clicker useless.
UMBC has announced their switch from physical clickers to cellular ones with a so-called “TurningPoint Cloud” which seems to be following the trend of other intangible and easy online storage through some mysterious internet magic. Some examples include Microsoft Cloud, Apple’s iCloud, Adobe’s Creative Cloud, Stratocumulus Cloud, and ALL HAIL THE GLOW CLOUD.
Another alternative is rumored to be circulating: UniSlab. This program has proven to be extremely cost inefficient (read: great for UMBC students) as well as time-consuming (read: great for UMBC teachers). Simply put, students must purchase a bag of stone tablets to carry around in their backpacks. Yes, stone tablets. Not to be confused with the iPad tablets. These are actual sedimentary slabs that people chiseled in the past. Every time a teacher would have had a clicker question, all students instead have to carve out their answer and then relay it to the teacher. From here, the teacher has to go through all the answers and survey the class’ majority vote. This is a great way for students to be interactive and earn those participation points. How are they earned? Well, all the sweat and tears that have been sacrificed for the cause are tallied up and added to your overall grade. Remember, no pain, no gain!UMBC hasn’t officially recognized this as a viable alternative, but this program will be extremely groundbreaking. Stay tuned for more updates on the clicker debacle.