What are TurningPoint Clickers?
TurningPoint Clickers are an easy way you can use technology to collect data during PowerPoint presentations. TurningPoint allows you to add slides with questions that your audience can answer using a "clicker"--a small, remote control-like device that has buttons with both numbers and letters as answer options. You collect the responses and see the results in real time, which means your audience gets to see the results too. You can also export the data into Excel.
What kind of questions can I ask with TurningPoint Clickers?
Multiple choice questions are a natural fit with the clickers' buttons. This means you could use clickers to quiz participants during a presentation to see if they understand a concept or you could use the clickers at the end to assess their learning gains and intentions to change their behavior. You can also poll your audience, have them enter a numerical answer, or have them use the clickers' alphabet mode to type a short response.
Where can I get TurningPoint Clickers?
You can check them out at many regional offices. Extension IT also has clickers you can borrow.
How do I get started?
First you will have to download TurningPoint software, which is free. The clickers you check out should come with instructions on how to do so. (Instructions vary depending on the version of the clickers you're using.) Once you've downloaded the software, a TurningPoint tab will appear in your PowerPoint toolbar. Click on that tab to insert a question slide. You can find tutorials on how to use TurningPoint here.
-Whitney Meredith, evaluations