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Turning Point

Ok, gotta make this one quick. Need sleep.

I attended a demo today and had a chance to see Turning Point in action. I have some exposure to eInstruction, Qwizdom, and some of the other audience/classroom performance systems – but there were so many clever little features in Turning Point that had me ooohing and aaahing. First and foremost, Turning Point isn’t an application, rather, it’s a Powerpoint extension/module/add-on. Straight out of the box, they have a large number of instructors who will be able to more easily adopt clickers because of their prior experience with Powerpoint – no new program to learn. Just a few new tricks inside an old favourite. Unfortunately there is no cross-platform support, PC only. Mind you, clever features don’t make a good tool if only a small percentage of instructors are aware or in need of such features. The clickers themselves were the smallest I’ve seen to date, although I’m sure there are likely smaller and smaller versions already in development or already out there.

What the heck is a clicker? ELI has a great PDF: 7 Things You Should Know About Clickers

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Written by jlongland

December 14, 2005 at 5:57 am

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  1. Word has it that Qwizdom is releasing their powerpoint native application/extension extremely similar to Turning’s. Now the software will be about the same, but the clickers will be better. The LCD screen and student log in feature of Qwizdom clickers being the main assests. The Turning software has been better. But like you said, only for Windows. Qwizdom has a mac, but I assume the Powerpoint will only be for windows.

    Jon

    March 2, 2006 at 6:59 pm

  2. eInstruction is also releasing a clicker this summer with an LCD and powerpoint plugin. I recently noticed that eInstruction is challenging Qwizdom on a few patents. It looks like there’s a fair bit of leap-frogging in the industry. I watched an iClicker demo the other day and was amazed to hear that their software is open source!

    Jeff

    March 7, 2006 at 5:36 pm

  3. We had a demo from Turning Point earlier today and were told that they have a beta version for Macs in testing (I think McMaster University in Ontario is testing for them.) According to the rep, it should be ready for Fall 2006

    Judy

    March 17, 2006 at 3:26 pm

  4. I’m starting to think that the big technologies that are/will be/ing hyped in 2006 = clickers and podcasting. Looking through my RSS feeds, I see those two more regularly than any other…

    Jeff

    March 17, 2006 at 4:55 pm

  5. I just wanted to confirm the earlier comments…that we (Qwizdom) are in Beta with a PPT tool for Windows. It is a very simple tool (very easy to use but not as feature rich as the TP solution). It should release within the next month. By August we will have a more extensive version with options to support the same games and many of the other advanced features that we currently support in our Interact software. We have a Mac OS X version of Interact that just released last month but our Keynote (and Mac ppt through Keynote) version is not due to release for a few months still.

    Also, while our software is not open source, we do allow others to tie-in with our hardware (as the UT Austin homework service, OptionTechnologies, and LJGroup have done).

    Darin

    April 18, 2006 at 8:54 pm


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