TurningPoint (http://www.turningtechnologies.com) offers the software and hardware needed to set up an audience response system for long or short-term course use. The system consists of small hand-held radio frequency transmitters used by the students, and a computer equipped with a receiver and software that aggregates student responses and graphically displays the results. Using TurningPoint in tandem with Powerpoint, the instructor poses multiple choice questions to the students, who in turn have a set amount of time to submit their answer using small hand-held transmitters (aka “clickers”).
Broadly speaking, the process involves the following steps:
- Create interactive slides using the tools that TurningPoint adds to PowerPoint
- Run the interactive slide show for an audience equipped with clickers
- See the results immediately for each slide
- (Optionally) save the results for further evaluation
Results can be gathered anonymously or they can be associated with individual participants.
The newest version of TurningPoint for Windows machines is 2008. On this site you will find written documentation and screen clips for using TurningPoint 2008 with PowerPoint 2003 and PowerPoint 2007, especially in the Wesleyan computing environment. You may also be interested in the research and documentation listed below.
To review documentation for the previous version of TurningPoint (2006) for Windows please see the pages at:
where you will also find references and links to clicker assessment research.
You may also find some of the following documentation useful:
TurningPoint 2008 User Guide for Office 2007
TurningPoint 2008 User Guide for Office 2003
TurningPoint 2008 QuickStart Guide
TurningPoint Basics for Office 2007
TurningPoint Basics for Office 2003
TurningPoint Shortcut Keystrokes
You will find these and other documents on the Turning Technologies documentation web page.