Polling Gizmos

iClicker.gif In previous centuries, teachers would poll students with a show of hands, amplitude of applause or laughter. Today, we have the iClicker.

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iClicker Basics

The iclicker_image_01.jpg iClicker website provides a nice overview of the system. Here you will find some tools and ideas for use of the system.


Marisa Belk has provided a beamer presentation file template such as might be used with items from the Good Questions Project
  • CIT has some resources at: http://www.cit.cornell.edu/services/polling/ -- DickFurnas - 13 May 2008
  • The documentation refers to your presentation application, but in fact it's simply the screen. The Question logs and screen captures are exactly that -- screen captures. While you can have a PDF or ppt in full screen mode, you could also have several windows open in different applications and pose a question, take feedback, cycle among applications, whatever. A genuinely interactive presentation could involve a live comparison of Sage, Maple, Matlab and Mathematica with active windows in all four applications. You could pose a problem and poll as to which application is nicely suited to the problem, explore methods of solution in each application, poll for alternative methods of solution and poll for a final opinion... -- DickFurnas - 04 Apr 2008
  • Fun thing to try:
    • Tell the class to try to get all bars in the histogram to be the same height without talking to each other.
    • Now have them try to do it with their eyes closed smile -- DickFurnas - 28 Mar 2008

Novel Questions:

  • Demographic: Assorted possibilities --
    • What is your Gender
    • What is your Ethnicity
    • Are you a Math Major?
    • What Math did you take in High School?
      -- DickFurnas - 13 May 2008
  • Demographic: Approximately how long has it been since your last math class?
    1. 1 Semester.
    2. 1 Year.
    3. 2 Years.
    4. 3 Years.
    5. More than 5 years.
      -- DickFurnas - 13 May 2008
  • Demographic: What year are you?
    1. Freshman
    2. Sophomore
    3. Junior
    4. Senior
    5. Other
      -- DickFurnas - 13 May 2008


  • Compressed Zip archive iclicker.zip: iClicker USB Drive Original Contents Populate your own USB drive with the contents of this zip file.
  • PDF UserGuide.pdf: iClicker User Guide
  • PDF SetupInstructions.pdf: Setup Instructions
  • Course Templates Unzip and rename the resulting folder to the name of your course.

A Course Template folder is a self-contained folder with all of the course data files and the applications used to collect the results of polls, display the results on screen and look deeper into the results associated with a course. The data in the folder includes:

  • The iClicker application
  • The iGrader application
  • An application used to keep the iClicker and iGrader applications up to date.
  • The Student roster ROSTER.TXT listing the names of the students in the course.
  • The Session Data Folder which contains:
    • RemoteID.csv the file listing the serial numbers of the iClickers in use and (optionally) the correspondence to the student owning the clicker.
    • Config.csv where course preferences are stored (configured through the applications)
    • other *.csv files with student responses to each question including number of responses, first response, final response and the time the responses were recorded.
    • *.raw files with raw data of student responses to each question including number of responses, first response, final response and the time the responses were recorded.
    • Files matching *Qn.jpg Screen shot for question n taken at the moment polling began.
    • Files matching *Cn.jpg Chart with the histogram of student responses to question n .

-- DickFurnas - 28 Mar 2008

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PDFpdf SetupInstructions.pdf r1 manage 352.0 K 2012-01-24 - 20:10 DickFurnas Setup Instructions
PDFpdf UserGuide.pdf r2 r1 manage 9290.4 K 2012-01-24 - 20:06 DickFurnas :pdf: iClicker User Guide
Texttxt iClickerID.txt r3 r2 r1 manage 1.7 K 2009-12-02 - 19:55 DickFurnas ID numbers of Math Department iClickers
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