Monthly Archives: February 2013

How to Continue an In Progress Clicker Session

If you stopped a presentation before the end, you can continue the session without resetting and losing your date. To do this:

  1. At the end of the first presentation run, save the session as you normally would.
  2. When you start the second run, launch TurningPoint > PowerPoint Polling.
  3. When PowerPoint opens, click File > Open and select the presentation.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Select the session you want to continue.
  6. Run the session from the point you stopped at before and save as usual. Note: DO NOT RESET THE SESSION! TurningPoint will start the session with previously saved data and continue adding the new data. The file saved at the end of all runs will contain response data from all sessions.

How to Use Pictures as Answers in Clicker Slides

Text-based answer options can be converted to pictures when visual aids would be beneficial to the audience.

Since pictures are being used as answers, the horizontal and offset charts will not align correctly with the answers. It is recommend that a vertical, 3D pie, distributed pie or doughnut chart be used. Short answer, essay and moment to moment slides do not support the Convert to Picture tool.

  1. Create a polling slide. The text in the answer region will be replaced by pictures. Therefore, it is recommended to use descriptive words or phrases in the answer region because this text will be used for the chart labels, reports, extracted question lists and in the session editor. Correct answer indicators need to be inserted on the slide before converting it to a picture slide.

  1. Use PowerPoint’s Insert > Picture menu to insert one picture for each answer choice.
  2. Resize and arrange the pictures so that they are properly displayed on the slide.
  3. To assign the pictures to proper answer choice follow these steps:
    • Ensure that no objects on the slide are selected by clicking outside the slide.
    • Click the picture that corresponds to the first answer choice.
    • Hold down the Control key on the keyboard and click the second picture. Now both the first and second pictures are selected.
  4. Repeat step c for each additional picture until all of the pictures have been selected.
  5. Click Tools on the TurningPoint ribbon and select Convert to Picture.

The pictures are given a label and the text-based answer options are now hidden. The pictures can be resized and arranged as necessary.

How to Customize Clicker Slides

TurningPoint offers several static and interactive objects you can add to slides. Two useful objects are the Countdown Indicator and Correct Answer Indicators.

Countdown Indicator

This timer provides a visual cue that polling is about to close as it counts down to zero. When the countdown expires, the indicator disappears and polling is automatically closed.

  1. Launch TurningPoint and click PowerPoint Polling.
  2. Click Object on the TurningPoint Ribbon and select Countdown.
  3. Select one of the four different designs.
  4. The indicator is placed on the slide. You can move or resize to better fit the slide.
  5. To change the length of the countdown, click on the number and set it to the desired countdown length.
  6. Click OK.

Correct Answer Indicator

  1. Click Object on the TurningPoint Ribbon and mouse over Correct Answer Indicator.
  2. Select a Correct Answer Indicator.
  3. TP places this indicator on your slide. This indicator will appear after polling is finished and you click to advance the slide.

How to Change the Color Scheme of TurningPoint5 Graphs

  1. From the TurningPoint Dashboard, click the Preferences button in the bottom right corner of the window.
  2. Click PowerPoint in the left pane of the Preferences window.
  3. In the right panel, select Charts > Chart Colors. Set the color scheme to Correct/Incorrect if you would like the correct answer bar to be green and the incorrect answer bar red.
  4. Click Apply All to apply this setting to all slides in the presentation.

You can also update these settings from within PowerPoint. With a clicker slide open:

  1. Click the graph section of the slide.
  2. Select the desired chart colors.

How to Compare Two Questions in TurningPoint Anywhere

When running a TurningPoint Anywhere session, you can compare the results of two questions to see how a certain group answered or how answers changed over time.

To compare two, questions:

  1. Open and close polling for the two questions you want to compare. Note: You do not need to ask the questions back-to-back.
  2. In the results window of the second question, click the action arrow to expand the question options.
  3. Click the Compare with question drop-down menu and select the question you want to compare.
  4. A graph opens and displays the comparative data.

How to use Existing Questions Lists in TurningPoint Anywhere

  1. Open TurningPoint and click on the Content tab.
  2. Click Question List > Import.
  3. Find the Questions you want to use and click Open.
  4. Click Yes to allow the file to be converted to a new file type.
  5. The Question List is added to the Content area. Click Edit Question List to make any changes to the the questions.
  6. When you are ready to run the session, click the Polling tab, select your question list, and click Anywhere Polling. Run the session as you normally would.

How to Create Questions for TurningPoint Anywhere

If you have questions lists created in TurningPoint 2008, you can easily import them into TP5. Click here to learn how to import existing TurningPoint question lists.

To create new questions, you will first set up a question list and then add questions.

Set up the Question List

  1. From the TurningPoint dashboard, click the Content tab.
  2. Click Question List > New.
  3. In the Question List Wizard, enter a Name and optional description.
  4. Click Preferences to expand. Select any additional options. These options will be the default for all questions created in this question list. However, you can make changes to individual questions later as necessary. NOTE: The default Question and Answer font size is 12pt. This displays very small on a projection screen. It is highly recommended you increase this font size to at least 28pt.
  5. Click Save As Preset to save these defaults for future use. You will be prompted to name and save the present.
  6. Click Save.

Add Questions

  1. From the Question List page, click the pencil icon to open a question for editing.
  2. Enter text for the question and all answer choices. NOTE: The text editor includes many features you can incorporate into your questions: hyperlinks, images, formulas, etc.
  3. Determine additional Question, Polling and Scoring options (e.g. add a countdown click, select the correct answer, etc.)
  4. Click the arrow button to advance to the next question.
  5. When you finish creating questions, click Close.
  6. NOTE: From the main question screen, you can drag and drop questions to rearrange the order. You can also choose a different question type, change the number of answer choices and determine additional options.
  7. When all questions and options are set, click Save and Close. The Question List is created and is added to the Content Folder.

How to Email Unregistered Clicker Users

Within your Blackboard Learn course, you can see all users and their device IDs. To email a reminder to students to register their clickers:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Turning Technologies Instructor Registration Tool. In the window, you’ll see a list of all users in the course along with the device ID registered to each student.
  2. Click “Send email to all unregistered students.” A message opens with the names of all students who have not registered a clicker. You can modify the message as needed to include instructions or more information.
  3. Click Submit. An email will be sent to their uh.edu email address.

How to Set-up a Clicker Registration Link

Log in to your Blackboard Learn course and select the course page where you want to add the registration link. It is recommended you add the link to either the Course Content or Course Information page. In the example below, we’ll add the link to the Course Content page.

From the Course Content page:
  1. Click Tools > More Tools > Registration Block.
  2. On the Create Link page, Bb Learn names the link TurningPoint Registration Tool by default. You can rename the link something students will recognize such as Clicker Registration.
  3. In the description, consider adding a message regarding what students should do if they need help. See #3 below for a suggested message.
  4. Click Submit. The registration link now displays on the course page.

How to Run TurningPoint5 Reports

Note: You can follow this process to run a variety of detailed reports.

In the Manage Tab:

  1. Click on the session file you want to work with.
  2. Click Reports.
  3. Select Results by Participant from the drop-down menu in the top right corner of the window. The report will automatically update to show results by participant.
  4. Select Options available for the type of report you are running, as desired.
  5. Click Export > Excel to open the data in Excel.

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