Basic Information

Define:  Clickers is a classroom response system (CRS). Students use hand-held clickers, similar to a t.v. remote control, to respond to multiple choice or polling questions that the instructor posts as part of his or her daily lecture.  It is an audience response system allows students to instantly provide feedback and answer questions posed by their instructors.

• A projector is used to display the video output

Tool Information Pages (TIP) are intended to be an introduction to various technology tools and their specific implementation here at the University. The tabs "Basic Understanding" and "Pros and Cons" describe and define each tool in its generic form. Starting with "Basic Operation," it becomes specific to the UM option and highlights a bulleted list of concepts that would roughly correspond to that level of operational understanding. Faculty may use these lists to help identify their level of understanding of a given tool, especially in conjunction with ETS training offerings or requests.

Use the list of concepts below to self-evaluate your level of operational understanding. If you are familiar and comfortable with the utility and implementation of most or all of these items, you are at the advanced level of operational understanding.

Clicker (PC Guide)

Clicker (Mac Guide)

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Tool Information Pages (TIP) are intended to be an introduction to various technology tools and their specific implementation here at the University. The tabs "Basic Understanding" and "Pros and Cons" describe and define each tool in its generic form. Starting with "Basic Operation," it becomes specific to the UM option and highlights a bulleted list of concepts that would roughly correspond to that level of operational understanding. Faculty may use these lists to help identify their level of understanding of a given tool, especially in conjunction with ETS training offerings or requests.

For further information, please contact:
Rosalia Reyes-Webb
Learning Technology Specialist
Educational Technology Services
301-405-0309
Rosalia5@umd.edu

Basic Operation

          Instructors obtain a TurningPoint account from Turning Technologies.The download is free.
          TurningPoint student subscriptions are underwritten by funds from the University of Maryland Student Technology Fee. The TurningPoint subscription will allow students to use the Mobile Response polling application on their iOS or Android mobile device. Physical clickers, if required by an instructor, are not included with the subscription but can be purchased as an "Add On" at the UMD Book Center or the Turning Technologies online store. Students initiate the creation of a TurningPoint account from within the ELMS course space in which clickers will be used. Turning Technologies adds the subscription automatically during the account creation. 

Turning Point Video Tutorials
 

  • Building Your Presentation 
  • Running Your Presentation
  • Generating Your Reports
  • To succesfully run Turning Point in the Classroom, complete the following steps
    1. Set up the Classroom (Projector and Computer)
    2. Plug in Clicker Receiver
    3. Open Turning Point and review Clicker Channel
    4. All clickers must display the same channel

Intermediate Operation

  • Adding Objects to a slide through the Turning Point toolbar such as charts, countdown timers, response grids and prompts

  • Inserting a Chart/Changing the Chart Type

  • Inserting an Animated Chart

  • Inserting a Countdown Timer

  • Inserting a Grid

  • Inserting a Prompt

  • Inserting a Response Counter

Advanced Operation

  • Creating Competition Slides to keep track of participants and teams with the most points and the fastest responses.

  • There are several slide types

    1. Team Assignment

    2. Participant Leader Board

    3. Team Leader Board

    4. Team MVP Board

    5. Fastest Responders

    6. Racing Leader Board

    7. Wager

  • Using the Competition Slide Preferences

  • Importing questions  from a question list file from another location, such as a flash drive or network drive

  • Creating and Using comparative links to display the results from two separate slides on one slide

  • Using Conditional Branching, which allows a user to control the order of slides in the presentation based on responses received from participants

  • Using Demographic Slides

  • Ranking Wizards