TurningPoint is a personal response system where students use devices--called "clickers"--to answer questions in the classroom. Nowadays, most students prefer to use the TurningPoint app on their smartphones, but the principle is the same. Instructors display questions to students via PowerPoint Polling or AnyWhere Polling and students "click in" their responses. The results are then shown to the students. This is an excellent tool for checking student understanding and stimulating discussion in the classroom.
There are various options to purchase the physical clicker and/or license. The S&T Store has a selection of clickers with a license available. You can also purchase a license for TurningPoint directly from Turning Technologies. Pricing options vary, so please check the S&T Store and the Turning Technology web store for current pricing.
Lost clickers are often turned into the local academic department in the building they are lost in. After a few days, they are turned over to the Missouri S&T Police (573-341-4300). Replacement clickers can be purchased from the S&T Store. You will have to re-register your clicker in the LMS and notify your instructor(s) of your new Device ID.
If you find a clicker that doesn't belong to you, you can also turn it in to the Missouri S&T Police or the local academic department in the building in which you find the clicker.
Clickers are fairly durable, but like all electronic technology, issues do happen. You can visit the IT Help Desk on the first floor of the Library or contact the Help Desk at 573-341-4357 if you experience any issues with your clicker.
For help with individual devices, you can check out the handy guides at the Turning Technologies website.
Before you can use TurningPoint, you will first need to create an account.
Students will need to register their Turning Accounts from within Canvas in order to link their Canvas account to their Turning Account. Fortunately, TurningPoint has made this process super easy, barely an inconvenience. You simply add the TurningPoint Registration button to the course menu as folllows:
In order to really use TurningPoint, you will need to link TurningPoint with Canvas so that TurningPoint can pass the clicker points students earn during a TurningPoint session directly to the Canvas Gradebook.
NOTE: The Rosters in TurningPoint are updated automatically overnight, but you can manually update a Roster as follows:
Turning Technologies has a handy "cheat sheet" of the most common tasks to help you get started.
Turning Technologies has a number of video tutorials you can use for learning how to use TurningPoint.
NOTE: The playlist above links to the TurningPoint Classic (desktop) series of videos. This playlist has separate tabs for both Windows and Mac versions.
Video tutorials are not for everyone, so Turning Technologies also has some handy User Guides to help you get started.