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Classroom participation goes high-tech

To encourage active classroom participation, some faculty are using a Classroom Response System called TurningPoint. TurningPoint works using RF (radio frequency) wireless technology and consists of software, response pads and a receiver.

The software integrates with PowerPoint by adding another toolbar from which instructors can easily insert all types of question slides directly into new or existing PowerPoint files. When complete, instructors display the presentation like any other PowerPoint presentation, but when a question slide is displayed, students can respond using response pads.

Student responses are collected through a receiver, which simply plugs into a USB port on the computer. The instructor can select for the responses to be collected either anonymously or tracked. There is also a team mode. At the end of the presentation, responses can be saved and reports can be generated and exported to Excel.

In addition to the classroom use, TurningPoint technology was recently featured at Temple Ambler’s Sept. 15 “TU Idol” contest sponsored by the Office of Student Life (Ambler Program Board) in Bright Hall lounge. Adapted from the TV show American Idol, the program featured several talented Temple students who sang their favorite rock, metal, pop or rap tunes. Seventy-plus students cast their votes for contestants using response pads.

To learn more about the TurningPoint, contact the Instructional Support Center at 215-204-0789. Information is also available on the Classroom Response Systems Web page, where students can also register their response pads: www.temple.edu/cs/students/crs.htm.

Security tip: Stay current with Windows Update

To ensure that you stay current with the latest Windows security patches, set up your computer to automatically download and install the updates. Easy-to-follow setup instructions are available online at www.temple.edu/cs/windowsupdateinstructions.htm.

If you have any questions, contact a Help Desk consultant at 215-204-8000 or help@temple.edu.

Tuttleman computer lab open around the clock

To accommodate the growing demand for around-the-clock on-campus computer access, the Tuttleman Scholars Information Center is now open for Temple students 24 hours a day from Sunday through Friday evening.

On weekends, the 100-workstation lab is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Sundays starting at noon.

For more information on Temple University computer labs, go to www.temple.edu/cs/labs.

 

 


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