TurningPoint Clicker - Handheld Student Input System

Description

HSU uses the Turning Point classroom response system to increase class interactivity and improve student engagement. As an additional benefit, the system enables both students and instructors to get real-time feedback on class effectiveness.

The system comprises a receiver and handheld input devices (clickers). Receivers are installed in all of HSU's Smart Classrooms and are also available for checkout from Clicker Support in Library 315. TurningPoint Anywhere software is installed on all Smart Classroom systems, and PowerPoint with the TurningPoint 2008 plugin is on all Smart Classroom PCs. Instructors are encouraged to integrate the Turning Point system directly into Moodle for fully interactive instruction.

Clickers are distributed through the HSU Bookstore; faculty should order the appropriate number of clickers for their class at the same time as they order textbooks - a semester ahead of when they will be needed. Turning Point clickers are fully ADA-compliant.


Who's it for?
Faculty
Students

System Configuration

Turning Point receivers are USB devices that can be plugged into a vacant USB port on PCs or Macs in Smart Classrooms where they are not already installed. The software that manages the interactivity between the clickers and the receiver, TurningPoint software, is pre-installed on all Smart Classroom machines. Device installation should be handled by ITS technicians to ensure that the receiver is working correctly; faculty may install their own TurningPoint USB receiver only if a receiver is not already present on the computer.


Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that students label their clickers with their contact information so that lost clickers can easily be reunited with their users and potential confidentiality breaches avoided.

Moodle Support is developing materials to assist faculty in using and troubleshooting clickers in the Moodle environment. Read more about integrating TurningPoint into Moodle.

Check out these useful hints and tips for getting started with clickers in the classroom. Derek Bruff, author of "Teaching with Classroom Response Technologies", regularly blogs about the subject; instructors may find it useful to search the blog archives for material relevant to their current work.

Turning Technologies' website offers a supplemental library of resources and best practices relating to the use of clickers in the classroom, as well as an extensive library of self-paced training materials.



Accessing This Service

Turning Point receivers are installed in a majority of HSU's Smart Classrooms; check the list for the most up-to-date information. Both TurningPoint Anywhere and TurningPoint 2008 software is preinstalled on all Smart Classroom machines, so instructors may check a receiver out from Clicker Support and have it installed in any Smart Classroom that does not have a receiver installed.

Starter kits containing the USB receiver and one RF LCD Response Card (clicker) are available to faculty from the Moodle office in Library 315. Clicker support is also available by phone at (707) 826-4778, or in one-on-one sessions with student assistants.

Each student must have their own Turning Technologies clicker, available from the HSU Bookstore, and must register it in the classroom where it will be used to ensure responses are received and recorded.

Instructors planning to use clickers in a class must order them a semester ahead of time in order to be sure sufficient devices will be available for students. It's best to place the clicker order at the same time as the textbook order.


Using This Service

TurningPoint software enables faculty to incorporate polling into almost any application - Moodle, PowerPoint, whiteboard software, web browsers, PDFs, Word documents, and more. The reporting engine easily handles assessment and tracking for groups or individuals.

Functionality includes:

  • Open and close polling at any time - dynamic charting appears in a new window and updates with the results
  • Create participant lists and track individual responses
  • Edit sessions and create questions on-the-fly
  • Create and load question lists for advanced polling preparation
  • Countdown timer and support for team contests

To respond to polling questions, students simply press the appropriate keys on the clicker. A three-second green light signal indicates successful transmission.


Frequently Asked Questions
Location

Clicker-based instruction may be used in any of HSU's Smart Classrooms.


Policies

The use of clicker technology is governed by HSU's protected data policies and by the CSU Responsible Use Policy.


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