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Students Who Use 'Clickers' Score Better on Physics Tests
July 16, 2008
Hand-held electronic devices called clickers are helping college students learn physics, according to a series of research studies. Ohio State University students who used the devices to answer multiple-choice questions during physics lectures earned final examination scores that were around 10 percent higher--the equivalent of a fullletter grade--than students who didn't.
Ohio State University
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