Clickers in the Classroom
A clicker, or student response system, is a tool for active learning in the classroom through 100% student participation in question-and-answer sessions.
Please use the supplied links in the Getting Started menu to learn more about this effective and easy-to-use instructional tool.
If you are interested in using Turning Technologies clickers in your classes, please contact Luke Prather or Nancy Lilleberg, and let the NDSU Bookstore know as soon as possible to ensure adequate stock.
Now Available: ResponseWare mobile solution!
Instructors now have the option to allow students to use mobile devices — including smartphones, laptops, tablets — to submit responses in class.
Turning Technologies’ mobile solution, ResponseWare, is available in time for the start of spring semester 2014. ResponseWare apps are available for Android and Apple iOS devices. Other Web-enabled devices can use a Web browser to access ResponseWare at responseware.com.
What does this mean for NDSU faculty currently using the existing Turningpoint system?
ResponseWare and the traditional NXT clickers can be used in a mixed environment (i.e., some students use ResponseWare, while others use NXT clickers). If a faculty member chooses to provide students with the option to use their smartphone or other Web-enabled mobile device instead of an NXT clicker, they must enable this feature in their existing Turningpoint 5 software. The software and all existing NXT clickers will continue to function as before with only a few additional steps necessary to include ResponseWare users.
What does the use of ResponseWare cost?
While the Android and iOS apps are free to download, students must purchase a license to activate them. Students can purchase a six-month license for $12 at the NDSU Bookstore. Other license options are available for purchase at the Turning Technologies student store: https://store.turningtechnologies.com.
Do faculty have to allow smartphones instead of hardware-based clickers?
No. Instructors can choose whether or not to enable ResponseWare in their classrooms. Instructional Services strongly recommends faculty add specific information about the student response option(s) allowed in a course to their course syllabus. View suggested information to include in your syllabus.
Is ResponseWare supported by NDSU Information Technology Services?
Due to a large degree of variability among smartphones and the possibility of Wi-Fi/3G/4G connectivity issues in certain areas of campus, ITS continues to recommend the use of NXT clickers as the primary student response device. ITS will offer support to faculty and students using ResponseWare for issues that are within our ability to troubleshoot; however, due to the variables given above, resolution to all potential ResponseWare issues is not guaranteed.
How do faculty get started using ResponseWare in their classes?
Email Luke Prather at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a ResponseWare instructor account.
Additional instructions on how to enable ResponseWare can be found at: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/pdf/UserGuides/ResponseWare_for_Presenters.pdf
How do students get started using ResponseWare?
Instructions for iOS, Android, and other Web-enabled devices are available on the student resources page.