As we’ve mentioned before here, here and here, TurningPoint is a very popular and useful technology that allows instructors to collect real-time electronic responses from students. There are many applications for this technology, not the least of which being an increased level of involvement by your students during class. Some instructors have even used the “fun” word to describe TurningPoint. Scary, I know!
Today I’d like to share some additional info that we have gathered, which will help you take TurningPoint to the next level. Please click on the graphic above and review highlights of these additional features, then contact us when you’re ready to try it out in your class!
If you are a current TurningPoint user, then we’ve got a cool tip for you! If you’re not yet a TurningPoint user, read this and then contact us to try a kit out for yourself!
Most instructors use TurningPoint to poll students anonymously, getting quick feedback and keeping them awake engaged during class. However, TurningPoint also allows instructors to create “participant lists” ahead of time, so the responses can be tied to specific students. This opens up new possibilities, including scored competitions, games, quizzes, and more meaningful data reports. The reason that many instructors have avoided using participant lists, is simply because they didn’t want to take the time to type in each student’s name and device (remote) ID into a list. Well now, there’s a better way!
Have you seen the Educause website yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Educause is a great resource for educators. Among those resources is their “7 Things you should know about “ series, which provides information on emerging instructional technologies in plain English!
Here is a link to one such article that relates directly to our last post:
7 Things You Should Know about Clickers
(Next to “view this resource,” click on the PDF icon.)
Have you ever wanted to know if your students are really “getting it” during classroom lectures? Do you ever wonder what the quiet students are thinking? Have you ever been on the lookout for new tools and techniques to inject some new life into your teachings? Of course you have!
In the CTL, we have a piece of technology that can help you connect with all of your students, and even… make learning fun?