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pointsolutions, part of Echo360 (Known as Turning Point) Desktop Getting Started
Getting started on pointsolutions Desktop version.
pointsolutions - Desktop
Items you will need:
- A pointsolutions Receiver (instructor kit is available with clicker if needed)
- Access to PowerPoint
The pointsolutions Receiver (or instructor kit) is available to pick up at the LAIC in the QBB rm 150C. These kits include a booklet with basic information about pointsolutions , a receiver (the USB drive) and a clicker if needed.
With the pointsolutions software there are two options for the students to answer the questions. The first is by using their mobile devices such as a phone, tablet or laptop. These can be used by downloading the pointsolutions app or going to the website and signing in with their @NDSU email. The other option is students can purchase a clicker and answer that way. The clicker connects to the polling software with the receiver. Note that the students using the clicker will not be able to see the question on their clicker. This means that the clickers are only used for in-person teaching.
Instructors must sync their courses before they proceed. This process can be found on the instructor resources page in the knowledge base.
When you plug in the receiver you will have all the software downloaded on it. There should be a PC and Mac version. When you open the version that matches your computer and sign in with your @NDSU email you should see the pointsolutions dashboard (see picture below)
The dashboard is split into a few sections. The first section is the dashboard tabs, this is where you will find the information for each section. Polling is where you deal with polling, content is where you deal with content, and manage is where you deal with managing grades or uploading them to Blackboard.
The second section is where you see your synced courses and can select the course before opening a polling option.
The third section is where you can change your receiver number that the clickers will connect to. Each room at NDSU has been assigned a channel to avoid interference, you will find the list of classrooms and their channel number for your you will receiver use.
The fourth section is where you enable mobile responses, this is how the students will connect their phones or laptops to the polling.
The fifth section is where you select which polling option you would like to use.
The sixth section is where you see content that you made in the content tab.
The seventh section is where you see your current version or check for updates.
Remote Student Participation
pointsolutions can continue to be used even while classes are online. This requires students to have a device that is connected to the web (laptop, desktop, mobile) and not a clicker. There are a couple of things you need to know when using pointsolutions in this setting.
First, you need to make sure your location-based settings are turned off, if you haven’t turned it on then you don’t need to worry about it. This is a setting that some instructors use to enhance their learning experience, and just a reminder for those instructors to turn off.
Second, once you open the session make sure you inform the students of the session ID, this is important because the they need that ID to be able to answer the questions and receive their points.
Finally, make sure that when setting up your questions you allow the question to be viewed on the devices, by default the students should be able to see the question. This again is for those instructors that have changed the setting to enhance their classroom experience.
For further information here are a few links sent by pointsolutions that might answer a few of your questions.
For further questions, please submit a support ticket on the ITS webpage and we will be of assistance.