TurningPoint Student Response System _SRS_ by hcj


  Student Response System
The How, What & Why of TurningPoint
• Do not hesitate to ask questions
  along the way! I love questions and
  there is no such thing as a dumb or
  bad question (unless it’s the one you
  don’t ask).

                       “That was easy!”
  What is TurningPoint?
• Software in conjunction with the
  student response cards create a
  wireless audience response and voting
• Enables real-time assessments of
  student participation within
  Microsoft PowerPoint
   How does all of this
The TurningPoint system consists of
 two (2) parts:
  – Software
  – Hardware
• The TurningPoint software allows the
  teacher the ability to create and
  manage material and/or questions
  desired to present to students in
  order to determine their knowledge
  based on a desired subject.
• The hardware consists of a student
  response kit which includes: 32 student
  response devices and a USB RF (radio
  frequency) receiver. The receiver is
  plugged into the laptop to activate a
  wireless system allowing each response
  device to “talk” to the laptop sending the
  information to the software program.
 What am I going to use
       this for?
• Collect statistics for general
  classroom information
• Collect individual student progress
• Administer tests and quizzes
• Assessing the learning process
• Assessing the teaching process
• View curriculum standards
       How can I use this
• Pre-unit surveys – What do your students already know?
• Checkpoint quizzes – Are your students understanding the
  concepts your are teaching?
• Post-unit quizzes – Have your students mastered the skills
  and information of the unit?
• Competitions
• Skills practice as a game
• Opinion surveys – What is the class view on a topic or
• Fastest Responder – a great motivational tool and effective
  way to engage students
What are the end results
of using this technology?
• Students are engaged!
• Provides instant feedback to students and
• Inspires competition and teamwork
• Interprets data into measurable results,
  such as scores, charts, graphs
• Helps make learning interesting, focused
  and fun!
What does a TurningPoint
     kit look like?
            Each kit comes with:
            •A black carrying case
            •“32” student response devices
            •A USB RF (radio frequency)
            •And, software (version 2008).
How many kits are at my
• The standard has been:
  – 13 kits per middle school.
  – One kit for every five classrooms – elementary
    and high

  Note: Some schools have elected to purchase
   additional kits. However, the county purchased
   based on the standard above.
  Time to get started…..
• We are going to learn the four (4)
  basic steps to creating a successful
  TurningPoint presentation.
               Step One
• Set-up
   – Take the USB receiver out of the
     TurningPoint kit and plug into the laptop
   – From the desktop, find the
     “TurningPoint” icon and double click to

Stop! Hands-
On exercise
coming up….
The USB RF receiver is a “key” component. If the USB
receiver is “not” plugged into the laptop prior to opening
the TurningPoint software, the student response devices
will not work.

     Once the software has been launched, identify the TurningPoint
     toolbar. TurningPoint is simply a PowerPoint plug-in and the only
     difference you will note in appearance is an extra toolbar.

             The toolbar can be identified by the TurningPoint icon to
             the far left.
• Remove the RF receiver from your
  kit and plug it into a USB port on
  your laptop.
• Launch the TurningPoint software
• Locate the TurningPoint toolbar
                 Step Two
• Create Presentation Slides
  – From the TurningPoint toolbar click on
    “Insert Slide”

   Just follow along – there is a hands-on exercise coming up!
By clicking on the drop-down tab, a
menu of various slides are offered.

If you wish to create a presentation
that consists of only questions and
answers but wish to graph those
answers, choose a graph slide.

Or, for simple yes/no or true/false
questions, choose from the menu
selection here.
You can even choose the “generic
slides” option that will allow you to
create a question with multiple
From the TurningPoint toolbar, locate the “Insert
  Slide” option
From the drop-down menu, select a “True/False”
Create a question

When finished, insert another slide, but this time
  insert a generic slide with “three” answers
Create a question
Insert your answers

                  Step three
• Creating a participant list allows the teacher to collect
  student specific information (i.e., administering a test).
  Both the teacher and the student can have immediate feed-
• There are three different types of participant lists:
   – Anonymous – simply just that….there is no way to track a
     student’s response (i.e., “How many prefer lunch at 11:30?”)
   – Auto – data can be collected via the device ID only.
   – Created Participant List – this is a participant list that a
     teacher can create using the students from each individual
     class (example: princeblock1; princeone, princetwo, etc.)

   Follow along as I create a participant list……
Creating your very own
   participant list!
           From the TurningPoint
           toolbar, find the tab
           marked “Participants”.
           There is a drop-down box
           that will allow you a menu
           choice of obtaining a
           participant list.
           To create your own, choose
           the “Participant List
Next, choose the “custom
    template” option

                           Then click
You will be prompted to enter a name for this “template” (the
default will enter a date and time stamp unless you rename
your template). Remember, a template is something that
serves as a master or pattern from which other similar things
can be made. You can reuse this template for similar classes.

                                                      Some examples might
                                                           look like:
                                                       T. Prince Template
                                                         English Classes
                                                             Math Classes
                                                        History Class, etc
There are many fields you can add to make up
your custom participant list. However, it is
recommended that you keep it simple for
starters. Last name and first name are great
starters for your custom template.

                                               To choose the fields you
                                               wish to incorporate into
                                               your custom participant
                                               list – click on a specific
                                               field from the box on
                                               the left “Available
                                               Fields”. Next, click on
                                               the arrow to move it
                                               over to the box titled,
                                               “Selected Fields”. When
                                               finished, click “next”.
                                               Hint: You can also double
                                               click on an available field
                                               to move it to the
                                               “Selected Field” box.
Adding a group to your participant list is optional. This is a great
tool for tracking certain information such as: gender, race, NCLB,
free/reduced lunches, etc...). But we are going to leave this blank
and just click “Next”.
Now, we are prompted to name our participant list.
Remember, we originally created and named a template
(the master copy containing all of the information we
want to use in future participant lists). Here we are
going to name our actual participant list.

                                         Click “Finish”
Finally, we are going to add our Device IDs, Student Last
Names and First Names. When we have entered this
information, we will click “Done”.
Step 1:
Open one Excel spreadsheet
Step 2:
On page one of the Excel spreadsheet, type in the device IDs
Step 3:
On page two of the Excel spreadsheet, type in column A, student’s last
name and in column B, the student’s first name.
Step 4:
Name page one according to the kit # labeled on the outside of the
TurningPoint kit (i.e., kit 1, kit 1, kit 3, etc.)
Step 5:
Name page two according to class period (i.e., Period 1, Period 2, etc.)
                 Step 6:
                 Save document as “TurningPoint Kit Set-Up”

               This should be done prior to creating your participant list…
         Device ID? Huh?
Each student
response clicker
has a unique device

 For this particular clicker,
 the Device ID is: 087E41
• Create a participant list using the device
  IDs from four of your clickers.
• Input the following students:
  –   Roger Rabbit
  –   Elmer Fudd
  –   Minnie Mouse
  –   Petunia Pig

         Step Four
     “Bells & Whistles”
This is where we learn how to dress up
  our interactive slides with things like
   setting the correct answer, correct
 answer indicators, timers, etc. Believe
   it or not, these little things that we
 add to dress up our slides are the very
 things students find fun and engaging!
             Setting a
          Correct Answer
By setting a correct answer value, you can show the correct
answer after each polling. This is just another way for
students to have that instant feedback.

•   Once our slide is created, we want to set the correct
     – Step 1: Highlight the correct answer from our answer list
     – Step 2: Right click and click on “set as correct”.

     It’s that easy!!
             Hands on
• Create a generic slide with three
• Set the correct answer
• Stop!
        Correct Answer
 A Correct Answer Indicator gives a visual cue
to the audience to indicate the correct answer
   after polling for a question is finished. A
  Correct Answer Indicator appears during a
presentation when you advance the slide after
              displaying the chart.
     When setting an answer as the “correct answer”
      and while the answer is still highlighted, from
        the TurningPoint toolbar, click on “Insert
    STEP 1: From the TurningPoint toolbar, click on the “Insert
                         Object” Tab.

STEP 2: Click on “Correct
Answer Indicator”
                                                         Step 3: Choose
                                                         your correct
                                                         answer indicator
• From the last slide created, set a
  correct answer indicator.
• Stop!
• A Countdown Indicator gives the audience a visual
  cue that polling for a question is about to close.
  The Countdown Indicator shows the number of
  seconds remaining and counts down to zero. A
  countdown can have a maximum length of 999
  seconds. The indicator appears during a
  presentation when you advance the slide during
  polling. When the countdown expires, the
  Countdown Indicator disappears and polling is
  automatically closed.
• You can use the same presentation to create a
  new set of responses. The Reset menu on the
  TurningPoint toolbar gives you the option of
  deleting the results in order to redo a session or
  present a new session. You also have the option to
  redo only one question slide in a session.
• Note - you cannot undo the Reset function, so be
  certain that you wish to delete the results.
• Reset before each session and after any changes
  are made to the presentation.
• This is as important as having the RF receiver
  plugged in prior to launching the software!
Let’s see what it all looks like together:
How many different participant list types
              are there?

1.   One
2.   Two
3.   Three
4.   Four

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   TurningPoint is made of
         two parts.
1. True
2. False

Yep! It is made up of software and

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 In order for the student response clickers
 to work, the RF receiver should be plugged
into the laptop after the software has been
1. True
2. False

    False. The RF receiver should be
    plugged in PRIOR to launching the
    software. This would be a
    troubleshooting tip!



  The TurningPoint system consists of
        how many components?

1. One
2. Two
3. Three

      Two: hardware & software

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 What time of day do you
1. Morning
2. Afternoon
3. Night

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• No need to re-create the wheel if
  you already have a PowerPoint
  presentation you have either created
  or used from another source.
• Import it and insert your interactive
• From the internet, type in “branches
  of government.ppt”.
• Download a PowerPoint presentation
  into TurningPoint
• Insert two interactive slides within
  the presentation.
• Stop!
      Understanding Your
    “Showbar (or Polling Toolbar)

                       Advance to next slide

                    Non-response grid
                  Response Grid – see which participants have responded
              Re-poll option
        Display graphing options

  Displays answer values in either percents or numbers

Closes the Showbar for the duration of the session.
                         Denotes open or
                         closed polling session
                         green = open
                         Red = closed

                            Reflects number of
                            responses submitted during
                            polling session
                      Allows the showbar to be moved
                      anywhere on the screen

               Expands the showbar to display responses,
               user feedback and polling status
        Insert a slide with a dropdown
        box to select slide type
Opens “participant monitor” (an “in the
moment” assessment of content knowledge)

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