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Turning Point for Instructors

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Using TurningPoint 

TurningPoint consists of three essential components:

  • The TurningPoint software installed on a computer
  • A USB receiver plugged into the computer
  • One or more handheld response cards purchased by individual students

Instructors are required to have a TurningAccount in order to use and download the TurningPoint software and to use the program in the classroom or desktop computer.

  1. Log into TRACS
  2. Select the course requiring the use of TurningPoint
  3. Select the TurningPoint tool in the course site.
  4. You will be redirected to the TurningPoint Account Creation Page.
  5. Enter your Texas State email address in the area provided and select Create an account.
    • Please be sure to use your Texas State email address
  6. An email from Turning Technologies will be sent to you. Check your email and select the verification link within the email.
    • If you don't see the email in your inbox, check your Junk email or Spam folder.
  7. Enter all the required fields as noted by the asterisks and select Finish.
There is no need for instructors to enter a license for TurningPoint. This is only required for students to associate with their TurningPoint Response card so that their grades can be sent to the TRACS Gradebook.

If you do have a license code and/or device ID, you may enter them in the appropriate box and click Redeem and/or Register. select Finish.

  1. Log into TRACS
  2. Select the course requiring the use of TurningPoint
  3. Select the TurningPoint tool in the course site.
  4. Log into your account
  5. Select Downloads from the menu.
  6. Select TurningPoint 8 from the available options.
  7. Save the file and install it onto your computer.

  Assigning Channel Settings in the Classroom

To limit the possibility of interference, every classroom computer has been assigned a channel setting for TurningPoint that does not conflict with neighboring classrooms.

The channel setting for every classroom computer is visible by a sign posted on the classroom media cabinet, and is also visible next to an antenna icon on the homepage of the TurningPoint 

  Integration with TRACS

Integration allows users of TurningPoint software to easily import a TRACS roster and export classroom session data into the TRACS gradebook.

For best results, only use one roster per TRACS site when using TurningPoint.

Adding TurningPoint to TRACS

  1. In the left Tool List of your site, select Site Info.
  2. Select Edit Tools.
  3. Select Grading to expand the section. Select the checkbox next to TurningPoint.
  4. Select Continue, then Finish.
     

Importing TRACS Roster Into TurningPoint

  1. Open TurningPoint software on your computer and log in.
  2. Select the Manage tab.
  3. Select Course and select New. The Create Course window will appear.
  4. Select option for Download from LMS and select Create Course.
  5. Select Sakai SSO from the Select LMS drop-down menu.
  6. In the Server Address text field, enter https://tracs.txstate.edu.
  7. Select Connect to continue.
  8. Click Log In at the top right corner of the page and you will be taken to the log in page for TRACS.
  9. Enter your Texas State Net ID and Password and select Login .
  10. Once you have logged into TRACS select Finalize Connection located at the bottom right corner of the page. 
  11. The list of TRACS courses to import will appear. Select the check box for the course(s) to be imported and select Import.

Importing TurningPoint sessions into TRACS Gradebook

  1. Open TurningPoint software on your computer and log in.
  2. Select the Manage tab.
  3. Select Course and click Upload Grades.
  4. Select Sakai SSO from the Select LMS drop-down menu.
  5. In the Server Address text field, enter https://tracs.txstate.edu.
  6. Select Connect to continue.
  7. Click Log In at the top right corner of the page and you will be taken to the log in page for TRACS.
  8. Enter your Texas State Net ID and Password and select Login .
  9. Once you have logged into TRACS select Finalize Connection located at the bottom right corner of the page. 
  10. The list of TurningPoint sessions to import will appear. Select the check box for the sessions(s) to be imported and select Export.
  11. TurningPoint will prompt you about the number of columns to be exported. Click Export.
  12. TurningPoint will prompt you that it has successfully exported o Sakai SSO. Your grades should appear in the TRACS gradebook shortly.

  Student Requirements

Once you have confirmed that the TurningPoint software and a USB receiver are installed on the computer you plan to use, the next step is for your students to buy their response cards.

This process should be initiated by contacting your department admin who will then submit the necessary form to the bookstore. It is similar to the process for coordinating required textbooks for your course. Your students will buy their response cards at the bookstore.