Insider Information: TurningPoint Clickers

Image of PowerPoint presentationFor those of you that use, or will use TurningPoint Technologies‘ clickers in your classroom, here are a few insider tips:

Duplicate Slides: NEVER use the duplicate slide feature in PowerPoint to duplicate a slide that is set up to use clickers. Many things could go wrong if you do this, but the main issue is that your polling will not work.

Countdown Timer: When you add a countdown timer to your slide, you will notice that you have to click the mouse (or right arrow button on your keyboard) in order to see and start the countdown timer. An extra click is required and you may forget this! So, if you want your countdown timer to begin automatically upon opening a slide in your presentation, simply click on Animations at the top of your screen – then select the Animation pane option in the top-right hand corner (your animation pane will now open on the right-hand side of the screen). Lastly, right-click on the countdown timer animation and select Remove. Now, your countdown timer will begin when the slide displays on the screen.

Animations: Have you ever wanted additional content to display AFTER the correct answer is shown and the graph/percentages with student responses are displayed? To do so, highlight an item that you would like displayed, select Animations at the top of your screen, and then select the type of animation you would like by clicking on one of the stars at the top of the screen. If you need to change the order in which your animation is displayed, select Animations at the top of your screen, then select the Animation pane option, then manually drag the animation up or down on the animation pane on the right-hand side to the desired location.

Format: Remember that if you do not have your slide in the proper format (Title & Content) then the polling software will not work. Do not add your own text boxes or use alternate formats (i.e., Two Content, Comparisons, Title Only, etc.) for the question and answer choices.

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