What are clickers?
“Clickers” are handheld devices which encourage active student participation by allowing a presenter to poll an audience and receive real-time answers in aggregate form. Student response systems like this enhance the classroom experience by making it easy for students and faculty to receive immediate feedback from one another. Using clickers, faculty can conduct review sessions, encourage student discussions, and keep track of student participation. For more information on the pedagogical benefits of using clickers, see ELI’s “7 Things You Should Know about Clickers.”
Clickers at Haverford
Haverford has standardized on the Turning Technologies clicker system (pictured). This system is easy to use and works in both Mac and Windows environments.
Faculty interested in using clickers in a class should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. ITS staff will meet with you to demonstrate the use of the clicker system and provide training on the clicker software.
Once you get the clickers, you will distribute them to your students , free of charge, and have students sign a Student Clicker Policy. This policy tells students that they are responsible for returning their device to you at the end of the semester. Students will need to contact the ProDesk if they need a new battery for their device, or need to replace a broken or lost clicker. IITS will replace clicker batteries or malfunctioning clickers at no charge to the student.
How do I use clickers?
Our faculty use clickers a number of different ways. You can learn about some of these options in our blog post, Increased and diversified Clicker use by Bi-Co Faculty.
Watch this getting started video to learn how to use clickers at Haverford.
All the classroom iMacs have the application “TurningPoint Cloud” as well as “TurningPoint Lite” installed already.
To install the application to your computer, please go to the Turning Technologies Download page.
TurningPoint Cloud is a robust program hosted at TurningPoint. You must create an on-line account to use this software. The College has purchased licensing that allows you to poll your class. You will have access to this licensing if you sign up using your Haverford email address.
TurningPoint Lite works locally and does not require a on-line TurningPoint Cloud account. It is very simple to use, but has very few features.
- Product guide and manual on Turning Technologies website