TurningPoint Student Response System (SRS). The How, What & Why of TurningPoint. Questions:. Do not hesitate to ask questions along the way! I love questions and there is no such thing as a dumb or bad question ( unless it’s the one you don’t ask). . “That was easy!”.
The How, What & Why of TurningPoint
“That was easy!”
The TurningPoint system consists of two (2) parts:
Note: Some schools have elected to purchase additional kits. However, the county purchased based on the standard above.
Stop! Hands-On exercise coming up….
The USB RF receiver is a “key” component. If the USB receiver is “not” plugged into the laptop prior to opening the TurningPoint software, the student response devices will not work.
Once the software has been launched, identify the TurningPoint toolbar. TurningPoint is simply a PowerPoint plug-in and the only difference you will note in appearance is an extra toolbar.
The toolbar can be identified by the TurningPoint icon to the far left.
Just follow along – there is a hands-on exercise coming up!
If you wish to create a presentation that consists of only questions and answers but wish to graph those answers, choose a graph slide.
Or, for simple yes/no or true/false questions, choose from the menu selection here.
You can even choose the “generic slides” option that will allow you to create a question with multiple answers.
From the TurningPoint toolbar, locate the “Insert Slide” option
From the drop-down menu, select a “True/False” slide
Create a question
When finished, insert another slide, but this time insert a generic slide with “three” answers
Create a question
Insert your answers
Follow along as I create a participant list……
From the TurningPoint toolbar, find the tab marked “Participants”. There is a drop-down box that will allow you a menu choice of obtaining a participant list.
To create your own, choose the “Participant List Wizard”
Then click “next”
You will be prompted to enter a name for this “template” (the default will enter a date and time stamp unless you rename your template). Remember, a template is something that serves as a master or pattern from which other similar things can be made. You can reuse this template for similar classes.
Some examples might look like:
T. Prince Template
History Class, etc
There are many fields you can add to make up your custom participant list. However, it is recommended that you keep it simple for starters. Last name and first name are great starters for your custom template.
To choose the fields you wish to incorporate into your custom participant list – click on a specific field from the box on the left “Available Fields”. Next, click on the arrow to move it over to the box titled, “Selected Fields”. When finished, click “next”.
Hint: You can also double click on an available field to move it to the “Selected Field” box.
Adding a group to your participant list is optional. This is a great tool for tracking certain information such as: gender, race, NCLB, free/reduced lunches, etc...). But we are going to leave this blank and just click “Next”.
Now, we are prompted to name our participant list. Remember, we originally created and named a template (the master copy containing all of the information we want to use in future participant lists). Here we are going to name our actual participant list.
Finally, we are going to add our Device IDs, Student Last Names and First Names. When we have entered this information, we will click “Done”.
Open one Excel spreadsheet
On page one of the Excel spreadsheet, type in the device IDs
On page two of the Excel spreadsheet, type in column A, student’s last name and in column B, the student’s first name.
Name page one according to the kit # labeled on the outside of the TurningPoint kit (i.e., kit 1, kit 1, kit 3, etc.)
Name page two according to class period (i.e., Period 1, Period 2, etc.)
Save document as “TurningPoint Kit Set-Up”
This should be done prior to creating your participant list…
Each student response clicker has a unique device ID.
For this particular clicker, the Device ID is: 087E41
This is where we learn how to dress up our interactive slides with things like setting the correct answer, correct answer indicators, timers, etc. Believe it or not, these little things that we add to dress up our slides are the very things students find fun and engaging!
It’s that easy!!
By setting a correct answer value, you can show the correct answer after each polling. This is just another way for students to have that instant feedback.
A Correct Answer Indicator gives a visual cue to the audience to indicate the correct answer after polling for a question is finished. A Correct Answer Indicator appears during a presentation when you advance the slide after displaying the chart.
When setting an answer as the “correct answer” and while the answer is still highlighted, from the TurningPoint toolbar, click on “Insert Object”.
STEP 1: From the TurningPoint toolbar, click on the “Insert Object” Tab.
STEP 2: Click on “Correct Answer Indicator”
Step 3: Choose your correct answer indicator
Yep! It is made up of software and hardware.
False. The RF receiver should be plugged in PRIOR to launching the software. This would be a troubleshooting tip!
Two: hardware & software
Advance to next slide
Response Grid – see which participants have responded
Display graphing options
Displays answer values in either percents or numbers
Closes the Showbar for the duration of the session.
green = open
Red = closed
Reflects number of responses submitted during polling session
Allows the showbar to be moved anywhere on the screen
Expands the showbar to display responses, user feedback and polling status
Insert a slide with a dropdown box to select slide type
Opens “participant monitor” (an “in the moment” assessment of content knowledge)