Clickers, polling, audience response systems are great ways to create interactivity in the classroom, keep the students awake and find out just how much they are listening/understanding. Turning Point Cloud is loaded on all classroom computers in our building and to use it for anonymous polling you just can go to Tools in your Blackboard course and click on the “Turning Account Registration” link in your Blackboard course, open the TurningPoint Software, or log into ResponseWare on a mobile device, you will be redirected to an ECU login page. You can download the software to your machine for easy creation of polling questions. OET has clickers which can be checked out when needed.
Want to know more contact OET or contact the ECU IT Helpdesk, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the change from Turning Point to Turning Cloud I have not had many requests for use of this neat technology. I still have many clickers that can be borrowed and the latest version of TurningPoint Cloud will allow for anyone to pass out clickers to get anonymous responses that they can display immediately on the screen. Clickers only have to be licensed now if you want to collect the response data (quizzes, attendance, etc.).
If you would like to collect responses there is a free app called Socrative! I posted about it last year and one of your colleagues is using it this semester. From their website “Socrative is your classroom app for fun, effective classroom engagement. No matter where or how you teach, Socrative allows you to instantly connect with students as learning happens.
Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Then use auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning.”
Want a demo? Contact this office.
Clickers have been a great tool to quiz students and the software is available in all classrooms. I have lots of clickers in my cabinet and you don’t have the students sign up if you are doing anonymous polling. You don’t have to get a license just sign up for a free Instructor account.
Some interesting data –
- The class became more active and vibrant
- Students became less passive
- Absenteeism was reduced
- Students seemed to like the addition of clickers
- More students were able to share their ideas with the whole class, promoting an emphasis on explaining and listening to reasoning. Students were also better able to hear their classmates.”
Contact this office to learn more.
Instructions on setting up an account – turning-account-faculty
Many faculty have used Turning Point with PowerPoint but did you know that you can poll using Anywhere Polling part of the Turning Point 5 Dashboard. Using clickers and a receiver Anywhere Polling lets you poll atop web page, videos, documents of any application using a floating interactive toolbar. Set up a series of generic or specific questions and you can “ask the audience”. More info and tutorials can be found at the Turning Point website http://www.turningtechnologies.com/ PC Training
Turning Point also features the Self-Paced Polling environment which allows participants to take a paper-based test on an XR or NXT ResponseCard.
Contact OET for a demo or schedule a time to use in your class!
Try it out!
I know sometimes my job does require that I do something “cool” and this week it was attending a webinar on “Cool Tools” so I figured for the next few blogs I would share a few that were highlighted!
Clickers are always a fun way to engage students but if you forgot to pick them up from my office here is a way to still have that same experience. Socrative is “smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops and tablets!”
Contact OET to explore!
With clicker technology, we have Turning Point installed in all the classrooms, you can quickly poll your students on how well they are listening, their opinion on sensitive subjects or create teams to compete on current topics of study. As we approach mid-term the clickers are a great way to bring something a bit different to your usual PowerPoint presentations.
To see how easily these devices are to use and how to create questions stop by our offices for a quick demo. We now have three receivers and over 150 clickers so we can furnish a number of classes at the same time!
Here are links to two articles using response system technology.
Add interactivity to your Power Point presentations. Our Clickers (aka Audience Response Systems or just think of Millionaire’s Poll the Audience!) will allow you to put short, multiple choice questions in a Power Point presentation and get response from the students. The students think it’s fun and you can see where you may need to do more work.
Stop by Jean’s office, HSB3370 for a quick demo of how they work!