Center for Teaching Excellence

Classroom Response Systems

Leveraging Technology in the Classroom for Cadet Success

For the past several years, CTE has provided access to sets of Classroom response devices, often referred to as “clickers.” This educational technology has increased class participation by engaging students in an interactive learning experience that encourages success. Our platform of choice has been Turning Technologies' TurningPoint and clickers.

In order to avoid the upkeep of response hardware, USMA has purchased a web-enabled version of the TurningPoint software already in use at USMA. Turning Technologies' TurningPoint 8 mobile solution requires a PC or Macintosh computer to create response sessions and can then enroll any combination of web-enabled devices as "clickers," allowing participants to view and respond to interactive questions.

In addition, the version of TurningPoint 8 we will be using does not require installation; it consists of a folder that contains the application (Turningpoint.exe for PC and Turningpoint.dmg for a MAC) and support files, that is copied to the computer being used to create sessions and to interact with Microsoft Powerpoint.

Click the button below to be re-directed to the USMA Instructional Software Tracking Page on the internal CTE sharepoint site. You may have to enter your O365 credentials to authenticate. Download a zip archive containing the Turningpoint 8 folder, the Quick-start Guide and other support documents under the USMA Site-licensed Software Downloads (Not Managed by CIO/G6).

TurningPoint 8 Installers

(Please Note: this software is licensed for use only by USMA faculty and staff and this link is only available on the USMA network):

IMPORTANT: When downloading the zip archive, make sure the download has completed, that is, a zippered folder icon has appeared (to be sure of this, it is recommended that you download to your desktop). Extract the TurningPoint 8 folder by right-clicking on the zippered folder, choosing "Extract All..." and choosing a place to extract the files (it is recommended that you choose the Desktop; please be patient, it may take several minutes).

The following instructions are also included in the "Setup Instructions and Passcode" file contained in the TurningPoint 8 folder.

Open the Turningpoint 8 folder and launch Turningpoint by double-clicking the TurningPoint 8 application. The opening screen should welcome you as USMA Instructor. If so, click Continue and enter the password from the text document "Setup Instructions and Passcode" contained in the TurningPoint 8 folder. If not, enter both the Username and password from the same "Setup Instructions and Passcode" file. This process should only need to be done once on each machine on which you use TurningPoint 8; your credentials should then be saved for future use. Once you are confident that the application is functioning correctly, you may delete the zip archive. Finally, any saved session data will be located in the original TurningPoint 8 folder. To use that session data on another machine, you will need to copy the original folder to that machine.

USMA will maintain a pool of 2000 licenses for on-demand use by cadets to participate in active sessions initiated by faculty. We will monitor to determine whether additional licenses will be needed to handle simultaneous sessions. Participants can access TurningPoint 8 sessions by either downloading the Turning Point 8 app to their mobile device or directing their web browser to http:www.responseware.com and entering the session ID.

This technology provides immediate interactive response functionality to students and educators, which can be used to both evaluate the collective understanding of the entire class and to track individual student learning at the point of instruction. The net result of implementing classroom response technology in your course can be an increase in student involvement, comprehension and retention.  Essentially, TurningPoint 8 integrates with PowerPoint 2013 or provides Anywhere Polling that can be used with any application to allow faculty to create interactive questions for measuring comprehension, reviewing assigned materials, awarding participation points, grading tests, and more. The software also allows for creating reports for many of your course needs: from individual student participation scores to entire section results, or evaluate results based on demographics or work groups.

Below are links to manuals and training and support resources for TurningPoint 8. Also included are various studies, white papers, and articles on audience response systems.

 
Manuals, Guides & Best Practices from Turning Technologies
Articles, Studies & White Papers:

7 Things You Should Know About Clickers PDF
[Source: EDUCAUSE] Clickers, Pedagogy and Edtechtainment
[Source: Inside Higher Ed]
[Source: University of Iowa’s Instructional Services Department] Clickers in the Large Classroom: Current Research and Best-Practice Tips PDF
[Source: American Society for Cell Biology]
[Source: EDUCAUSE] Advocate Online Links to various articles and studies
[Source: National Education Association] Classroom Response Systems: An Overview
[Source: Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University]

Where to go for help and support:

Call Patrick Gill in the CTE at 938-4670 or email him at:   patrick.gill@usma.edu

For product support related questions, you can call, toll-free, 1-866-746-3015, and ask to speak with a Customer Support Specialist (7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time); or you can email them at:   support@turningtechnologies.com

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