'Clickers' come to CCRI

If cell phones and calculators aren't enough, some students at the Community College of Rhode Island are now carrying around "clickers" that allow them to interact with the learning process.

When a lesson is being taught, students are asked to give a multiple choice answer to various parts of the class work. Students use the clicker to give their answer, and the answers are immediately put up on the board in graph form, without their identities attached.

The teacher then can gauge how effectively the course is going, and what area might need to be worked on further.

Only a small percentage of the classes are using the tool now, but students and teachers said they see no disadvantages using the clickers.

"It levels the playing field and helps those students who wouldn't usually speak up," one nursing student told NBC 10.