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Step 2: Set Up Response Devices
Before you can use clickers in your classroom, it is first necessary to ensure that TurningPoint is properly configured to receive responses.
TurningPoint can be used with either the NXT or XR style of clicker, though the NXT offers the most features, as it is the latest model released from Turning Technologies.
As of April 2011, NXT clickers are the only clicker devices available through the Missouri S&T Bookstore. Unfortunately, the Bookstore will not be buying back any of the XR clickers because they are now obsolete, but students may still sell them to their classmates, so instructors should expect that some students in a class may be using XR clickers.
Either clicker works for most classroom applications. In addition to clickers, Turning Technologies offers a service called ResponseWare, which allows students to respond using a smart phone, iPad, or laptop. Students purchase a license for ResponseWare from the Bookstore just as they would purchase a clicker. Instructors who allow students to respond with ResponseWare will also need to log into http://www.rwpoll.com to initiate the session and allow ResponseWare devices to respond.
Rooms that are clicker-enabled will already have a receiver installed in the instructor station computer.
The default channel for all clicker-rooms is 41. However, if two clicker rooms are in close proximity such that there might be radio interference, the rooms will be on different channels. Signs are posted in each room indicating the clicker channel for that room.
Before starting a session, it is important to ensure that a receiver has been properly installed.
The first time a session is started, it is useful to do a quick polling test with student clickers. This will allow instructors to quickly see if there are any problem clickers in the class. Although polling tests can be performed at the beginning of every class, it probably isn’t necessary. Periodic polling tests might be useful just to make sure everyone’s clicker is functioning properly.