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Spring 09 Webinar Resources

In case you missed any of our recent webinars listed below or would like to review the events again, we have posted follow up resources including: event recordings for selected webinars, presentation slide decks, and online resources.

Introduction to Peer Instruction – Dr. Eric Mazur
Teaching with Classroom Response Systems – Dr. Derek Bruff
Proven Strategies to Increase Student Achievement – Dr. Tina Sartori
Find & Leverage Funding Opportunites – Panelists
As part of our post event resources, we have also created event/topic specific forum threads to continue the discussion. Feel free to post your thoughts, questions, and ideas.

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Training Updates 5/26

We’re working hard to get these tutorials completed for TurningPoint Anywhere Mac and PC. We’re nearly finished with the Mac tutorials, and hope to have them done by the time the software is released. The PC ones might be a few days behind, but I think everyone will be pleased with them.

As for me, I’m getting ready to head to NC State next week, and will continue with a very busy month on the road. This looks like it’s going to be a crazy summer in the training department!

Submitted by lawmandy on Tue, 05/26/2009 – 9:52am.
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My limited uses are growing

So I’ve been wondering how to catalog what I’ve been using this technology to accomplish and thought I’d put a couple here:

-norming papers with faculty. We used an assignment and several previous submissions of different quality, using clickers we solicited responses on different parts of a rubric to obtain consensus and more importantly we discussed what and why things were important to the success of the learning.

-collecting demographic and survey data for class pilot studies; great for collecting multiple sesions and easy to combine afterwards

Submitted by jpelleg1 on Thu, 05/14/2009 – 11:29am.
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Disrupting Class with the iPod Touch

Clayton Christensen’s book “Disrupting Class” is a call to action for educators to use technologies in innovative ways in order to customize their teaching to meet the needs of the students. Clearly the implementation of iPod Touches or iPhones can offer K-20 an innovative tool for disrupting the norms of education.

Submitted by tsartori on Wed, 05/13/2009 – 3:10am.
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Beneficial Use of TurningPoint Student Response Systems

Good Morning!

It’s been awhile since my last blog posting, things have been pretty busy around here at Turning Technologies. You will see alot of new things in the near future. Yay! Anyways, I was just reviewing a blog that I periodically like to check in on and saw a very interesting article – I think alot of you educators out there will find it beneficial.

Submitted by MattyD on Tue, 05/12/2009 – 8:59am.
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Webinar Follow Up Resources

Webinar resources from our Spring 09 Series are now online. I’ve also posted all questions submitted during the webinars to the TurningTalk forums for feedback and further discussion since we were not always able to get through the entire list during the one hour sessions.

Over 1,000 users registered to attend. Thank you to all attendees for your valuable feedback.

Submitted by KKahn on Tue, 05/05/2009 – 4:23pm.
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My Current Research

Here are a few areas I am actively researching…please post any opinions, data, literature etc that can contribute to this research.

Student Response Systems Gender Study
Grade Level and impact of Student Response Systems
Response Time and Student Response Systems
Also post if you are conducting research that this group can help you with.

Submitted by tsartori on Thu, 04/30/2009 – 2:09pm.
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All Questions are not Created Equal: Writing the Stem

I thought a few suggestions on creating quality multiple choice questions that assess for learning could be useful with our TurningPoint products. I will post these in several parts based on the elements of a multiple choice question. Let’s start with some common terminology:

Stem: the question or part to which the student should respond

Options: answer choices

Distractors: incorrect options

Key: correct option

Here are a few best practices for writing the stem:

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I’m Listening…

At Turning, we regularly ask ourselves what it really means to be “customer driven”. Of course the typical answer includes our sales people, customer service teams and everyone else at Turning being attuned to everything our customers want us to hear. Even more specifically our product and project managers seek out current and potential customers to gather opinions on current, new and upcoming products on everything from features and functions to usability in real world environment. Likewise, here in this blog, more than I want to communicate, I simply want to
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1st K-12 Webinar

Yesterday we successfully held our first Spring 09 webinar for K-12 – Finding Funding Opportunities. Woo-hoo! John Wilson (Turning Foundation Director), Bill Mullane (School Improvement Supervisor, Ashtabula County Educational Service Center), and Joel Ratner (President, The Raymond John Wean Foundation all provided an exteremely insightful presentation that included current and upcoming funding resources and how best to approach funding requests.

Submitted by KKahn on Wed, 04/22/2009 – 9:16pm.
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RemotePoll 1.1 Released

FYI: The latest version of RemotePoll was released today. RemotePoll allows for polling at remote locations. Ideal for video conferencing or satellite broadcasts.

There have been significant improvements in the ease of use (No need to configure firewalls.)

Key highlights:

Submitted by KKahn on Wed, 04/15/2009 – 10:03pm.
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