Clickers Software Upgrade to TurningPoint 5 (May 2013)

ECU Faculty and Staff:

In May we will be upgrading the TurningPoint Blackboard building block which will allow you to begin using TurningPoint 5 with Blackboard. TurningPoint 5 combines polling in PowerPoint, polling in any application, Self-Paced Polling and Results Manager all into one single program. Once we upgrade the TurningPoint building block, you must upgrade to version 5 of the software or you will no longer be able to upload clickers data into Blackboard.

 The TurningPoint 5 software can be downloaded for free at http://www.turningtechnologies.com/ in the downloads area of the website. You are encouraged to download the “PC – No Install Version” or the “Mac No-Install Version” and install it directly onto your Piratedrive. By doing so, your program settings and clickers data will follow you to any computer that you use on campus, regardless of whether it is a computer in your classroom or the computer in your office. **Please note: student clicker data should only be stored on Piratedrive or a secure encrypted USB flash drive. Visit the ITCS Data Encryption page in the ITCS Service Catalog to learn more.

 If you upload clickers data to Blackboard, we recommend that you go ahead and give the new version a try. Right away you will see the new enhancements and simplified interface changes between version 4 and version 5. Additionally, ITCS will be offering 4 trainings on TurningPoint version 5 in March and April on both East and West campus. To sign up for one of these TurningPoint 5 trainings, just login to https://training.ecu.edu/ and locate the training titled “New TurningPoint 5 Clickers Training”.