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How clickers work

Iowa State University standardized on the TurningTechnologies audience response system which includes both the hardware (clickers and receivers) and software components. Clicker devices come in the shape of response cards and/or laptops, tablets and smartphones. The mobile solution requires Responseware, which turns participant web-enabled devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones, etc.  into virtual clickers*.

*Any instructor who wishes to implement smart devices as virtual clickers must first arrange for an individual consultation with the clicker support team by emailing at clickerhelp@iastate.edu to evaluate virtual clicker support options.

The clicker software component serves to create interactive questions and demonstrate feedback results. TurningPoint integrates with MS Office PowerPoint or can be used independently of a presentation tool. Responseware is part of TurningPoint.

STUDENTS

clicker

ResponseCards

clicker

*Smart devices

*ONLY IF INSTRUCTORS OPT FOR RESPONSEWARE.

  • No software for students.
  • On a smart device, feedback is sent via a browser.
  • Apps available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry or Android.

 Basic clicker troubleshooting tips for students
INSTRUCTORS

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USB RF receiver

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Turning Point 5

 

  • Turning Point 5 to create and collect feedback to interactive questions.
  • RESPONSEWARE must be activated in Turning Point 5 to use smart devices as virtual clickers.
Basic clicker troubleshooting tips for instructors

TURNING POINT 5

TurningPoint (TP) 5 is the software part of the TurningTechnologies audience response system at Iowa State University. TP 5 is a stand alone tool that allows polling with and without Microsoft Office PowerPoint (MS PP), processing response data and setting self-paced activities**.

**SELF-PACED polling is NOT supported for ResponseCard RF, the clicker devices currently used across campus, and smart devices and Responseware.

WHAT’S IN TP 5?

  • TurningPoint 5 is now a cross-platform tool***.
  • Access to all polling modes, content and data management from the same interface.
  • Updating participant lists via integration with Blackboard Learn from a redesigned participant list editor.
  • A robust html content editor for question lists with support for pictures and special characters.
  • Ability to keep track of overall averages and individual student scores via a participant monitor.
  • Viewing and printing reports without generating them first as comma-delimited files.

See the online support resources for TP 5 in order to familiarize yourself with the workings of the program.


HOW TO ENSURE INSTRUCTOR SUCCESS WITH CLICKERS

  • Decide why clickers must be used for teaching and learning in your class.
  • Request that University BookStore orders clickers for your students to purchase with their textbooks. A clicker will be used by your students across courses for the duration of their undergraduate careers. It might be possible your students already own clickers from previous courses.
  • Request an instructor clicker kit from CELT by emailing clickerhelp@iastate.edu.
  • Download the clicker software component on your machine and learn the software basics. Alternatively, email clickerhelp@iastate.edu to schedule an individual appointment.
  • Practice before class.

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