TurningPoint 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.
NDSU currently supports the TurningPoint 8 application and the NDSU Bookstore sells the TurningPoint QT2 clickers and subscriptions (licenses). Older TurningPoint clickers (NXT or QT) and the TurningPoint Mobile apps will also work in your classes.
Instructors can get a free TurningPoint instructor's kit containing instructions for using TurningPoint and a USB storage/receiver with the TurningPoint 8 application installed. The TurningPoint 8 application is also installed in all general purpose classrooms.
Students need to purchase a TurningPoint subscription (license) and a clicker device (if required in their classes) if they have not used TurningPoint previously. If allowed by an instructor, students can also respond to TurningPoint polls with their mobile device (phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) using the TurningPoint Mobile app or an Internet browser.
Contact Learning and Applied Innovation if you have questions or are interested in using Turning Technologies clickers or mobile devices in your classes.
Do students need to purchase a clicker device?
Not necessarily. If a student already has a TurningPoint clicker, or their instructor(s) allow students to use mobile devices to respond to TurningPoint polls in class, they will not need to purchase a new clicker device. If instructors using TurningPoint don't enable mobile polling, students must have a TurningPoint clicker device to participate.
Students must have a valid TurningPoint subscription (license) to respond to TurningPoint polls using either a clicker or a mobile device.
See the Student Resources page for additional information and purchasing options for new and existing student Turning Technologies users.
Can students use their mobile phones/laptops?
Yes - If the instructor enables mobile access before they begin a 'clicker' session, students with a valid TurningPoint subscription (license) can use a mobile device. Free TurningPoint mobile apps are available for download in the device's app store. Students can also use their browser to connect to a TurningPoint session and respond to questions.
If the instructor does NOT enable the mobile device option for a polling session, students MUST use a TurningPoint clicker to respond to questions.