The University has now updated all its lectern software to TurningPoint v5 (image1).
Those that have used this system before will notice that the new interface is different to the previous version and now incorporates a three in one software package. ‘PowerPoint Polling’ is the most commonly used ‘TurningPoint’ application, but I would urge users to check out ‘Anywhere Polling’, which can be used with any software or interface and will give you more flexibility when using this system. Finally, one of the strengths of this particular system is the user ability to test the software and presentation locally by using a simulation mode (image 2) and without the use of the Personal Response System (PRS) equipment (the clickers – image 3)
Here are a few links which you may find useful when using these devices:
- You can download the latest software (TPv5) from here: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/responsesystemsupport/downloads
- You can find ‘TurningPoint’ support pages here (tutorials etc): http://www.turningtechnologies.com/responsesystemsupport/producttraining/new_tutorials.cfm
Here are a few YouTube videos I found interesting, but there are many more if you search online for them:
- Getting started with TurningPoint – An instructors view (duration 2m 34s) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcy4_DlkbOY&feature=relmfu
- Dr Eric Mazur – Turning lectures into learning – Keynote… (duration 1hr 7m – this is long I know, but he does raise some valid points) Dr Mazur makes use of TurningPoint ‘Anywhere Polling’ in his keynote http://www.pearltrees.com/#/N-s=1_3638920&N-fa=3577358&N-u=1_411048&N-p=56623531&N-play=1&N-f=1_3638920
If you would like to tryout TurningPoint, or use it with your own students, then contact the Learning Technology team who have 80 clickers for testing purposes.
Academic Support, Technology & Innovation
3 Endsleigh Place.
Tel: 01752 587600