IT Help Desk
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How do Clickers work?
You acquire a Turning Technologies receiver from Jeremiah Woolsey in Instructional Technology. (email@example.com or x3705) This is a small device the size of a Flash drive that will plug into the USB port of the computer you are presenting on. Then you install the Turning Point Anywhere software, which allows you to poll your class, and the Turning Key software which allows you to create automatically graded tests like a Scantron. With this suite of software you can use pre-prepared or instant polls in class as well as create tests that are instantly graded.
The students purchase the Clickers (Turning Technologies NXT Response Cards) from the bookstore or from the Turning Technologies website. You order them the same way you would a book or scientific calculator for your class. Once they register their Clicker with Blackboard you will be able to track their participation and attendance using the Clicker. You put a poll question up on the screen and the students respond to it using their Clickers. Then you display the student responses up on the screen to further discussion.
For details on how to use Clickers, check the tutorials on this site or attend one of the monthly Clicker training sessions presented by the Instructional Technology staff (there are extra trainings before the beginning of new semesters).
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