PPT Polling

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 Create a Basic PowerPoint Polling Presentation

  1. Launch TurningPoint and click PowerPoint Polling.
  2. Click New from the TurningPoint tab ribbon to view menu of pre-defined slides. They are categorized by the type of question e.g. Multiple Choice, True and False, etc. For instance, select Multiple Choice. TurningPoint inserts a vertical slide that contains a question, answer, and a graph region.
  3. Select the question region and type your question text.
  4. Select the answer region and enter the answers. You can enter a maximum of ten answers per slide. (Click anywhere in the white margin space to pull up the bar graphs.)
  5. Set the Answer Value under scoring options in slide preferences window. Select the correct option and TP will automatically label others as Incorrect.
  6. Once you select the correct answer choice, you will notice that the color of the graph colors will change to red and green if the correct/incorrect color scheme has been set.
  7. You can also assign Correct and Incorrect point value in the Slide Preferences window.
  8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 to insert additional slides. DO NOT COPY THIS SLIDE AND REINSERT IT IN THE SAME PRESENTATION!

Once you have the basics in place, you can reorder slides, apply fonts and color schemes, shrink or expand the graphs, text, and images just as you would in PPT. Be sure to edit all question slides in TurningPoint only. The TurningPoint ribbon should be visible when editing slides.

When you are finished, save as you would any PowerPoint presentation.

Click here for more information about default presentation settings.

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