The University of West Florida recently partnered with the University Bookstore and TurningTechnologies to provide classroom response system technology for instructors and students. TurningTechnologies’ Classroom Response System, also known as a student response system or audience response system, integrates seamlessly into Microsoft PowerPoint, allowing students to participate in presentations and lectures by submitting responses to interactive questions and prompts using a ResonseCard keypad. PowerPoint presentations then become powerful data collection, assessment, and engagement tools that collect real-time responses, dramatically enhancing learning outcomes. Instructors can author, deliver, and report without ever leaving PowerPoint.
After an extensive review of several student response system providers, TurningTechnologies was selected as UWF’s standard. Standardization provides many benefits.
TurningPoint is TurningTechnologies software that integrates with PowerPoint. There are three components to using TurningPoint in class: (1) software, (2) instructor's RF (radio frequency) receiver, and (3) ResponseCard (the student’s “clicker”).
Current TurningPoint software is available from TurningTechnologies' website (see support information below). Instructors may download the software for free to develop curricular materials. The software will be available on computers in eClassrooms and Hi-Tech classrooms beginning in Fall 2009. Students may purchase ResponseCards from the university bookstore. Instructors should report to the university bookstore sales manager the number of ResponseCards that they expect students will purchase for a course to ensure they are adequately stocked (similar to the way books are requested).
As faculty and instructors will discover through use of the system, TurningTechnologies’ student response systems identify students to their ResponseCards via an RFID tag number located on the back of the ResponseCard. Instructors who choose to use “participant lists” for quizzes, exams, attendance, etc., will have RFID data available in Classmate. Students will enter their unique RFID tag number into the Student Response Clickers app in MyUWF, and then instructors will have access to the data on the Classmate roster. Instructors will be able to download this information to Excel and then import the data into TurningPoint. If instructors decide to use TurningPoint as a formative diagnostic tool, where all responses are anonymous, students need not enter their RFID tag number into MyUWF.
TurningTechnologies Website: http://www.turningtechnologies.com
TurningTechnologies Higher Education Website: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/highereducationinteractivelearning.cfm
ResponseCard RF (“student clicker”): http://www.turningtechnologies.com/interactiveaudienceresponseproducts/responsecards/responsecardrf.cfm
RF Receiver (instructor’s component): http://www.turningtechnologies.com/interactiveaudienceresponseproducts/receivers/rfreceiver.cfm
TurningTechnologies’ Online Learning Community: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/audienceresponsecommunity.cfm
TurningPoint Online Tutorials Home: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/audienceresponsecommunity/tutorials.cfm
TurningPoint Online Tutorials for PC: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/audienceresponsecommunity/turningpointtutorials.cfm
TurningPoint Online Tutorials for Mac: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/audienceresponsecommunity/turningpointmactutorials.cfm
TurningPoint Online Training: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/audienceresponsecommunity/onlinetraining.cfm
Download TurningTechnologies Software: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/groupresponsesystemsupport/downloads.cfm
Tutorials and Demonstrations on YouTube.com: search for “turningtechnologies” or “turningpoint”