Clickers are wireless responders that you can use to engage students during lectures. They allow you to solicit answers from your class, quickly assess their grasp of new course content (e.g. pre- and post-teaching of a concept), and conduct quizzes. The software stores a record of student responses for later.
Many students find that using clickers increases their enjoyment and learning during lectures.
Saint Mary’s has adopted Turning Technologies Canada products for all courses using clickers:
TurningPoint polling software
ResponseCard RF LCD clickers
ResponseWare that allows students to use their phone or other mobile devices as a clicker
Clickers (ResponseCard) and mobile devices (ResponseWare) can be used together in the same session.
Students can purchase a clicker, or an access code for their mobile device, from the university bookstore. There is no need to purchase more than one per student; the same ResponseCard can be used for any class the student takes that uses TurningPoint, and it is also good from year to year. However, an active license is required.
Instructors can pick up a trial receiver and response card from the Software & Application Support Centre (SAS), if they wish to try out TurningPoint in the classroom.
The SAS, in Atrium 107, offers training and support for TurningPoint. Contact the SAS at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (902) 496-8168.
To begin teaching with clickers, please contact the SAS for an introduction to clickers and the TurningPoint software, ongoing support, and to begin the order process for permanent use equipment.
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