SAS Computing now offers Audience Response Systems, which we call “Clickers”, for use in classes.
Students use small handsets (pictured to the left) to vote on multiple-choice surveys or quizzes that are projected on the screen by the classroom computer or the instructor's laptop. Software on the computer collects the responses and displays a histogram of the results when voting has finished. The instructor can choose to indicate which was the correct answer, or can withhold this information to promote discussion. All of this is easily set up by the instructor using free software from TurningPoint.
A new version of TurningPoint software was released on August 1, 2012. Because this was so late in the summer, and after the promised delivery date of the software, we decided not to cause confusion by updating classroom computers at the last minute. In addition, this latest version still does not offer PowerPoint integration on Macs, although this is promised in a late-fall update.
Users familiar with the "old" TurningPoint
It would be simplest if you just keep using the older software for now.
Users new to TurningPoint
There's no need to learn the old software and then have to learn the new software in 6 months or so, so I would recommend using the new software, which we can provide to you on a new receiver-plus-storage USB stick that you can take with you to the classroom. Just contact Elizabeth Scheyder (scheydec@sas) to get one.
Instructions for using clickers in "Registered" mode are available for students and for instructors.
When you create your questions, you should use whichever version of the software you plan to use in the classroom. "Legacy" software will remain available on the TurningTechnologies.com download page.
The new version of the software combines TurningPoint and TurningPoint Anywhere into one application. Other than that, everything else will look familiar.
Because we can only have one Blackboard integration running at a time, we have left the legacy version installed. We have different instructions for students instructors if they want to use the new version of the software and integrate it with Blackboard. Let Elizabeth know if you want this.
Since the two versions are very similar, everything else about them works the same way as is described on this website. Clickers work with either version, too.
What are clickers/audience response systems? Audience response systems (which we call "clickers") include 3 components;