Classroom technology: Clickers

Clickers are wireless responders that you can use to actively engage students during lectures. They allow you to solicit answers from all students in your class, quickly assess their grasp of new course content (e.g. pre- and post-teaching of a concept), and even conduct quizzes. The software can also store a record of the student responses that you can access and analyze later.

Most students find that using clickers increases their enjoyment and learning within 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 device as a clicker

Clickers and mobile devices can be used together in the same class.

Students can purchase their ResponseCard, 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.

Instructors can pick up their receivers and a response card from the SAS, and should inform the Bookstore that they will be using TurningPoint when they order their textbooks.

To begin teaching with clickers, please contact the Software and Application Support Centre (SAS) at for an introduction to clickers, ongoing training, and support. To request a consultation with an educational developer on how to integrate clickers into your teaching, email

Clicker resources from Turning Technologies

Getting Started with PowerPoint® Polling

Deliver interactive PowerPoint® presentations using seamlessly created PowerPoint® slides or imported TurningPoint question lists.

Getting Started with Anywhere Polling

Poll on webpages, videos, documents or any application using a floating interactive toolbar.