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Student Response System - Clickers

The School of Health and Human Sciences has two Turning Technologies student response system kits with 30 clickers each. These kits can be used separately or together. Please see your ITC to reserve.

TurningTechnologies AnyWhere software has been installed on the teaching stations in all HHS classrooms. The technology may not have been installed on other teaching stations on campus, however. Do check first. A DVD with the software is included with each kit and is easy to install.

Note: The UNCG Teaching and Learning Center has additional clicker kits that can be reserved.

Why Use Clickers?

  • Anonymity encourages students to respond and to do so honestly.
  • Student responses can provide the instructor with more accurate feedback from more students. This enables instructors to adjust teaching to the needs of students on the spot.
  • Clickers can make a class more interactive and engaging.
  • Use of critical thinking questions can foster discussion.
  • Good for dealing with sensitive issues.
  • Use for peer instruction in which students respond individually, then discuss in groups, and respond again.
  • Provides students with feedback on how they are doing.
  • Use for peer review of student presentations.

Check out this 10-minute captioned video Classroom Reconsidered: Engaging Students with Clickers by Derek Bruff.

Overview

There are multiple levels of function and complexity in using the Turning Technologies student response system. This page will describe two of the easier ways.

  1. Basic Polling - Use the teaching station for polling.
    1. Write your multiple choice or true/false question on the board, display it on the document camera or via the teaching station computer in Word or PowerPoint. Be sure to letter or number each answer choice.
    2. Students use the clickers to press the button of a number/letter.
    3. When you stop the polling, results display in bar chart format.
  2. Defined Polling - Use your laptop at the teaching station. Use this option if you want to
    • take attendance or grade using the clickers and/or
    • create questions ahead of time
      This second option requires creating participant and/or question files using the software.

Tips

  • The information on this page pertains to the TurningPoint AnyWhere software not to TurningPoint2008. You may find one or both icons on the desktop of a teaching station computer.
  • Plug the receiver into the teaching station computer before launching the software.
  • If you get an error when you click the arrow to start a poll, just click OK and click the arrow again. It should work the second time.

1. Basic Polling (Using Clickers with the Teaching Station)

  1. Plug the receiver into the teaching station computer.
  2. Click the yellow icon with the black A on your desktop.
  3. The TurningPoint AnyWhere window should display in the upper right area of your computer screen.
  4. To start polling (enabling students to click), click the Start/Stop Polling arrow. (The arrow turns to a square.)
  5. To stop polling, click the square. In a second or two, your results will display in bar chart format.
    Click the chart icon anytime during polling to show results as they are coming in.

turningpoint window

2. Defined Polling (Using Clickers with your Laptop)

Polling with a Mac laptop

  • To start polling, select Polling > Start Polling.
  • To stop polling, select Polling > Stop Polling.
  • To reset a poll, select File > Reset Session.
  • To display the polling interface: Window > Show bar. (Then start and stop polling works the same as on a PC.)

Create and Use a Participant List for PC (PDF)
Create and Use a Participant List for Mac (PDF)

Question Lists for PC (PDF)
Question Lists for Mac (PDF)

Hide poll results (for example, if you are doing a quiz or peer review, for example)

PC Mac
  1. Click the yellow down arrow in the TurningPoint AnyWhere window.
  2. Select Tools > Settings > General.
  3. To the right of Show Results, select False.
  4. Click Done.
  1. Click TurningPoint AnyWhere > Preferences.
  2. Click General.
  3. To the right of Show Results, select False.

Receiver Interference
These student response systems are supposed to work with devices up to 200 feet away. If you have two receivers working within 200 feet, it may be necessary to reset the channel of one. The default channel is 41 and can be reset. To do this

PC Mac
  1. Click the yellow down arrow in the TurningPoint AnyWhere window.
  2. Select Tools > Settings > Response Devices.
  3. Under ResponseCard Channels and to the right of 0015DC (v2.4), choose another channel.
  4. Click Done.
  1. Click TurningPoint AnyWhere > Preferences.
  2. Click Response Devices.
  3. Under ResponseCard Channels and to the right of Receiver 0015DC (v2.4), choose another channel.

 

Pedagogical Strategies for Clickers

coming...

Resources

TurningPoint AnyWhere Training Manual for PC (8 pp. pdf)
Introducing TurningPoint AnyWhere 2.1 for Mac (12 pp. pdf)

Teaching with Classroom Response Systems (Derek Bruff's Blog)
Includes many additional resources.


 

Page updated: 28-Sep-2011

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