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Job Aides

We've developed some job aides to help you get started using a Student Response System in your classroom.

To download a participant list: 

  1. Open TurningPoint.
  2. From the Dashboard choose the Manage tab.
  3. From the Participants drop-down menu choose New.
  4. Select option: Create Manually and click Create List button
  5. Drag and drop a CSV or TXT file of participant information into the Participant List Editor.
  6. Columns can be deleted or added as needed.
  7. Adjust settings as needed and click Import.

NOTE: You can download a CSV or TXT of participant information from the Grade Center of a Blackboard course.  See the downloading portion of these instructions.

  1. When the data is correct, click Save and Close.
  2. Be sure this file is uploaded to the computer you will use to present. 
  3. From PowerPoint and before beginning your lecture click the Participants drop-down and choose the participant list you downloaded. 


To alphabetize a participant list: 

  1. Open TurningPoint.
  2. From the Dashboard choose the Manage tab.
  3. Select the Participant List.
  4. Click the button called Edit Participant list
  5. Click the column for Last Name. Doing so will alphabetize the list by last name. 
  6. Click Save to save the changes you made to the list. 

You may also want to print out the list, take it to class, and ask students to initial to confirm that their name and clickerID are correct. To do this, follow steps 1-6 above, then … 

  1. Click Print to print out the list of student names and clicker ID's.
  2. Pass it around class and ask students to verify their clickerID. 
  3. If the number is correct, the student should indicate this by writing their initials on the page after their name.
  4. If it is wrong, have them write down the correct clickerID (from the back of their clicker) and update your Participant List manually. 

Give students a deadline by which they must have purchased and registered a clicker for your class. Students register clickers by giving you their device ID's so that you can manually add them to the Participant List. 

We strongly encourage you to ensure that your TurningPoint participant list is accurate and up-to-date. If you suspect some students may not have registered a clicker conduct the test below. Note: this test won't tell you if your student's clicker ID is accurate. The only way to identify that problem is to print out the list and ask students to verify that the clickerID following their name is accurate.  

To see how many students are using clickers that have not been registered: 

  1. Open TurningPoint 
  2. From the Dashboard choose the Manage tab.
  3. Select the Participant List 
  4. Click the button called Results Manager
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the list. If you see any device ID's listed under the heading Unassigned Devices this means students are showing up in your class and using clickers that have Not been registered. 
  6. List these unassigned clicker ID's on a PowerPoint slide, and ask students to look at their clicker ID's on the back of their clickers. If they see their clicker ID, tell them to identify it with you so that you can update the participant list.   

Is it important that you are confident that the clickers are working. Otherwise, some students may blame the technology whenever the opportunity presents itself to get away with something, such as skipping class, not bringing a clicker to class, etc. 

BEST PRACTICE: Bring a sign-in page to class everyday. Whenever a student is anxious that his/her clicker is NOT working, ask him/her to sign the paper, with clicker ID and date. You can begin class and deal with problems later. If a student comes to you months from now saying that he participated everyday, and has not received the appropriate credit, thus the clicker MUST be the problem, you now have something to look at. Did the student record that he was having a problem by signing the sign-in page on the days in question? If not, why not? Make this the students' responsibility to be certain that their clicker IS WORKING. And don't let them blame the technology when they are at fault. 

BEST PRACTICE: You  can help students know if their clicker is working everyday. While students roam into the classroom, display a Response Grid of students names so they can verify that their device is working properly everyday before class begins. When they click a button their name tag displayed on the grid will change colors. This indicates that their clicker is working. 

To display a Response Grid of student names and clickerID's:

While you have an open clicker question and the green box is showing it is live, look at the Showbar at the top of the display window. Roll over the icons and find the one that says, Show/Hide Response Grid. It looks like a checker board. Click it to show the response grid.

To control how the grid appears, go to Preferences. Look for Response Grid and choose options you prefer such as how large font to use, how to display names or clicker ID's, and how long each page of names endures on the screen. 

BEST PRACTICE: You can help students know they have registered their clicker correctly. Print out a list of student names and clicker ID's. Ask students to verify their clicker ID is correct by initialing next to their name.  Collect the page and keep doing so until every student has verified that their clicker is working. After you do this the only time you will need to update your participant list is if a student has to get a new clicker because the one they were using is broken, lost or stolen.  

To view how an individual participant responded: 

  1. Open TurningPoint 
  2. From the Dashboard choose the Manage tab.
  3. Select the Session File and click Reports 
  4. Choose the option Results by Participant from the drop-down menu on the right-hand and top side of the window. 
  5. Choose options you prefer. 
  6. The center of the window will show how individuals answered questions during the session. 
  7. You can export the page to an Excel file or HTML file using the Export button. 
  8. You can Print the page using the Print button. 

 

If you discover that you have conducted sessions using an out-dated participant list or an Auto list you will need to link previous session files (that were conducted with an out-dated participant list) with a current (up-to-date) participant list. This is very easy to do.

To pair a session file to a participant list (after the fact): 

  1. Open TurningPoint 
  2. From the Dashboard choose the Manage tab.
  3. The session file that was created using an Auto list will appear beneath the word Auto
  4. The session files that were created using an out-dated participant list will appear beneath the name of the out-dated list. 
  5. Select the session file, and drag and drop the session onto the correct list. They will then pair up. 

Here's how to get a grid so students can check in:

While you have an open clicker question and the green box is showing it is live, look at the Showbar at the top of the display window. Roll over the icons and find the one that says, Show/Hide Response Grid. It looks like a checker board. Click it to show the response grid.

To control how the grid appears, go to Preferences. Look for Response Grid and choose options you prefer such as how large font to use, how to display names or clicker ID's, and how long each page of names endures on the screen.