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Introduction

The Classroom Response System, powered by TurningPoint, is designed to promote interactivity and participation in a lecture or conference setting.

The hardware which are needed are:

  • Receiver – USB-based (it looks like a thumb drive)
  • Response Cards – this will be used by the students to key in the response
  • Presenter Card – this is optional, it can be used to control the PowerPoint during presentation

Download the required software (TurningPoint for PowerPoint) from: http://cit.nus.edu.sg/clickers/

The following guide contains some of the things that you may encounter in preparing your presentation as well as running your presentation using clickers.

If you have questions which cannot be answered in this guide, you can consult the support links or email Jummain (citjmw@nus.edu.sg)

You can also access TurningPoint's tutorials.

 

Fixing Add-In Issue When PowerPoint Was Unable to Open

You may encounter the error below when you click on PowerPoint Polling from TurningPoint Dashboard. When this message appear. Click OK and close TurningPoint.

 

The steps to fix the issue are as follow:

  1. Launch PowerPoint, but not through TurningPoint, i.e: go to your program list and choose PowerPoint, for example like below:
  2. When the following error message appear, click Yes.
  3. Once PowerPoint is launched correctly. Click File.
  4. Click Options from the menu on the left.
  5. In the PowerPoint Options pop up window that appears, click on Add-Ins from the options on the left.
  6. In the option at the bottom, on the Manage field choose Disabled Items and click Go.
  7. The following Disabled Items pop up window will appear. Click on the TurningPoint Addin (so that it's highlighted) and click Enable.
  8. Click Close so that the Disabled Items pop up window disappear.
  9. Click OK on PowerPoint Options pop up window so that it will disappear.
  10. Close your PowerPoint.
  11. Launch TurningPoint and click PowerPoint Polling. It should be working correctly now.

 

Adding polling ability into PowerPoint slides

You may encounter one of the following scenarios:

  1. I have created my slides with the questions that I want to ask. How do I add the polling feature?
  2. I have my PowerPoint slides for the lecture, but I have not created the slides for the questions. How do I add the polling feature?

The following steps will be the same for scenario 1 and 2:

  1. Launch the TurningPoint software. There should be a shortcut in your desktop.
  2. From the launch pad, choose the Polling tab and click PowerPoint Polling
  3. Go to File > Open to open your powerpoint file.

You will now continue with the instruction that fits your scenario.

Scenario 1: I have created my slides with the questions that I want to ask. How do I add the polling feature?

 

  1. Go to the slide where your question is located. Please make sure that your options are in bullet points so that they can be detected as options. For example:
  2. In the TurningPoint tab, click Objects and choose the type of chart that you want to use. For example: Charts > Vertical.
  3. The chart will appear on your slide and your options will be changed to A, B, C, ...

    This means that this slide is ready to be used for polling. You can test the slide and polling by running the presentation.

Scenario 2: I have my PowerPoint slides for the lecture, but I have not created the slides for the questions. How do I add the polling feature?

  1. In the TurningPoint tab, click New and choose the type of slide that you want to insert. For example: Insert Slide > Multiple Choice.
  2. Follow the instruction on the slide to enter the question text and the option / answer text.

 

Once you have finished, the chart will appear on your slide with the number of options you have entered. This means that this slide is ready to be used for polling. You can test the slide and polling by running the presentation.

 

Indicate the correct answer on the option after polling is completed

After you have polled your students to choose an option for a question, you may want to reveal the correct answer to the question.

The steps are:

  1. Go to the question's slide.
  2. On the right side you will see a Slide Preferences panel for your slide. Here, you can set the score you want to give for correct answer and wrong answer and specify the correct answer for the question.
  3.  In the TurningPoint tab, click Objects and go to Correct Answer Indicator and choose the type of indicator that you want to use, for example Checkmark.

    The chosen indicator will appear next to the correct answer. During presentation, this will appear after the result chart has been shown.

 

Add a countdown timer in the polling slide

You may want to add a countdown timer during polling so that the students know how much time they have left to make their decision.

The steps are:

  1. Go to the question's slide.
  2. In the TurningPoint tab, click Objects and go to Countdown and choose the type of countdown you would like to have, for example Clock.
  3. The countdown indicator will appear on your slide. For example:

    Click on the timer and on the right side of your slide; you will see the Slide Preferences panel. You can specify how much time for the countdown in Countdown Seconds.

Please note: during your presentation, the countdown will be triggered when you move forward from the question slide. So it is advisable to give a warning to your students before you trigger the countdown

Add participants' / students' data

You have the option to enter students’ data so that you will be able to record their answer for each poll. Please note that this requires the students to use the same clicker each time.

To use this feature, make sure that your students register their clickers through the following url:

https://clickers.cit.nus.edu.sg/

Give your students a period of about one week to register their clickers.

 

To get your class list:

  1. Log in to the site above and click CLASS LIST.
  2. Select your module and click Click Here to Export Class List to Excel. Don't worry when the message "No data was found." appear on the page. The excel file should be fine.

  3. Before importing the class list, please open the excel file and save as CSV (comma delimited).

 

Alternatively, you can email Jummain (citjmw@nus.edu.sg) or Siti (citsiti@nus.edu.sg) to get your students list. We will send you a csv file with your class list. The csv file will have the following data of your class: Device ID, CIT Serial No, Last Name, First Name, User ID, Email, Module.

 

Once you have the csv file, you can proceed to import the data in the TurningPoint software.

The steps are:

  1. In the TurningPoint tab, go to Manage > Create New List.
  2. In the pop up window, choose Create Manually and type a name for you class.
  3. Click Create List.
  4. In the next window, click Participant and go to Import > CSV.
     
     
  5. Locate your csv file and click Open.
  6. In the Import File window, place a tick on Contain Headers and specify the Device ID to your Device ID header and the User ID to your User ID header.
     
  7. Click Import.
  8. When you see the message, “Importing data will overwrite all data currently in the grid. Do you want to proceed?”, click Yes.
     
     
  9. Your class list has been imported and you can click Save and Close.
  10. Make sure that the class list is selected in your presentation. In the TurningPoint Tab, make sure that your class list is selected.
     
     
  11. From the TurningPoint tab, click Preferences.
     
     
  12. A Preferences window will appear. Click on PowerPoint from the left hand side option.
     
     
  13. On the right hand side, scroll down until you can see Response Grid.
    For Response Grid Type, choose Response. 
    For Response Grid Text, choose Name Only.
     
    Please note that the Starting Cell color will indicate the color of the user who has not responded during your presentation.
     
  14. Click Close on the Preferences panel.

Sync the PresenterCard to the Receiver

You may be given a PresenterCard, which looks like below.

A PresenterCard allows presenters to move forward and backward during presentation by using the Back and Forward key.

You need to sync the PresenterCard with the receiver before it can be used.

The steps are:

  1. Plug the receiver into the computer.
  2. Launch the TurningPoint software.
  3. From the TurningPoint tab, click Preferences.
  4. A Preferences window will appear. Click on Connections from the left hand side option.
  5. On the right hand side, scroll down until you can see PresenterCard. Click on the Change button.
  6. A Pair PresenterCard window will appear. Follow the instruction on the screen, press any button on the PresenterCard you wish to pair. Once the Device ID has appear, click Save.
  7. Click Close on the Preferences panel.

 

Things to do during presentations

The following are the steps that you need to do during presentation.

  1. Plug the receiver into your usb port.
  2. Launch the TurningPoint software.
  3. Open your PowerPoint file.
  4. Before you start, you need to reset the session. Go to Reset > Session.
  5. Run your presentation.

If you do not have a countdown timer, remember to warn your students that you are moving forward, i.e. the poll will be closed. 

If you have included a participant list during your presentation, you can view who have answered the question by clicking the Show / Hide Response Grid icon.

 

Once you have completed your presentation, you can save the session so that you can export the report anytime. To save your session:

  1. From the TurningPoint tab, click Save > Save Session.
  2. In the dialog box, type in your session name and click Save.

Generate report

After you have finished your presentation, you should generate your report right away. The steps are:

  1. From the TurningPoint tab, click on the Reports button.
  2. In the TurningPoint Reports window, you can choose the type of reports from the drop down options. For example you can choose Result Detail.
  3. To export the report, click the Export button and choose Excel.
  4. Specify the location to save your excel file and click Save.

To generate a report from the previous session:

  1. Launch the TurningPoint software.
  2. From the launch pad, click the Manage tab.
  3. Your class list will be listed on the left hand side panel. Click on it and you will see a list of sessions which you have saved for that class. Click the session that you want to view.
     
  4. On the right hand side, click the Reports buttons.
  5. Follow the previous instructions to save your Reports.

 

 

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