Students: Clickers

What are Clickers?

Clickers are wireless devices used for student participation in the classroom. They could be used for attendance or to measure learning and understanding of course topics. Usually, the instructor will post a slide with questions during lectures or such, and students respond to the questions by answering on their wireless clicker device.

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For more useful information see the Tips and FAQs page by clicking on the link in the left hand navigation menu. 

Note: If you purchase a clicker you MUST get it properly registered to receive credit for using it in your courses.

1. Purchase: Buy a Clicker

Learn what options you have for purchasing a clicker to use in your courses.

There are essentially three ways you can go about purchasing a clicker to use on the UA campus.

  • Purchase from UA Bookstore
     
    • This is the easiest and suggested option. The clicker will come with a 5 year subscription license with the ability to respond with any web-enabled device via the mobile app. (Use of mobile app is at the discretion of the instructor)
       
    • You can use your Bursar's account and are able to use financial aid to help pay for the clicker if necessary and will receive the clicker immediately upon purchase.

Note: After purchase, upon removing clicker from it's packaging a card will be attached to the clicker that has the Subscription Code written on it. DO NOT lose or throw away this card as you will need it to properly register the clicker.

  • Purchase Online from Turning Technologies
     
    • Go to https://store.turningtechnologies.com. If you don't have a Turning Technologies account it will prompt you to create an account with your UA email address. The clicker will come with a 5 year subscription license with the ability to respond with any web-enabled device via the mobile app. (Use of mobile app is at the discretion of the instructor)
       
    • You are NOT able to use financial aid to help pay for the clicker. 
       
    • You will be required to use a debit/credit card to purchase and will have to wait until it is shipped to you to receive the clicker.
       
  • Purchase Used Clicker from 3rd Party Vendor (Amazon, Ebay)
     
    • You can go this route but "buyer beware" as you don't always know what you are getting or if it works properly. 
       
    • Clicker will NOT come with a subscription license. This will need to be an extra purchase from the Turning Technologies online store. A subscription license is required for proper registration and use of clicker on campus.

You could also borrow a clicker from a friend or another student who is no longer using their clicker. This will still require the purchase of a subscription license from the Turning Technologies online store. If you are sharing a clicker with another student keep in mind that you cannot use the same clicker if you are both in the same class.

Note: If you purchase or borrow a clicker you MUST get it properly registered to receive credit for using it in your courses.

Note: It is not recommended that you plan on just using your mobile device with the app and purchasing ONLY a subscription license as not all instructors allow the use of the mobile app. It is best to purchase a clicker with a subscription as that covers you if you have a class where the physical clicker device is required as well as a class that allows for mobile app use.

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2. Register: Register Your Clicker

Learn how to properly register your clicker to receive credit for use in courses.

Once you have purchased your clicker you need to get it properly registered to be able to receive credit for using it in your classes. There are (3) three tasks you need to complete to get your clicker registered successfully (Enter Subscription Code, Enter Clicker ID, Connect to LMS).

Step-by-step instructions with pictures are below but if you prefer to view a tutorial video of the steps go to https://arizona.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=9ba2e2e6-361a-4fbc-a65d-e0f1efaf07fe

If you are a new student, just purchased your clicker, and have never created a Turning Technologies account before follow the below steps.  

  1. Log in to D2L using your NetID and Password. (http://d2l.arizona.edu)
  2. Select the course you want to enter under My Courses.My Courses
  3. Click on UA Tools on the navigation bar, and select Clickers from the drop-down menu. Some courses, specifically within Eller college, may not have the UA Tools option on the navigation bar. If that is the case, contact your instructor or Eller IT staff to find out where the "Clickers" link is located within your course. UA Tools Clickers
  4. You will then be redirected to the Turning Technologies website, and will need to "Create an Account" if you don't already have one with your University of Arizona email address. The necessary information (such as your email, first name, last name, role) is pre-populated. Click on the license agreement check box. 
  5. Click the Finish button.Create Turning Tech Account
  6. Click the Get Started button. It will then walk you through step-by-step entering in a subscription code, your clicker ID, and making sure you are connected to the Brightspace LMS.Get Started Button
  7. Enter in your subscription code. If you purchased from the UA Bookstore this code is on the card that was included in the box that your clicker came in. Click the Redeem button. If for some reason you don't have a subscription code just click Continue. You can purchase a subscription later. 
  8. Click the Continue button.Subscription License
  9. Enter in your Clicker ID. It is a 6-digit code located on the back of your clicker. Click Add.Add Clicker ID

     

  10. It should then say your Clicker ID was added successfully and will appear to the right of your Mobile ID. You do not need to add another Clicker ID. Click Continue.Clicker ID Added Successfully
  11. This screen verifies that your clicker and you are connected to Brightspace (D2L). Just ignore the Blackboard option. Blackboard is not used on campus anymore. Click Finish.Brightspace Connected

     

  12. The final screen takes you to your profile page where you can confirm that you have registered your clicker successfully. If you did everything successfully then you should have green check marks next to the categories Subscriptions, Response Devices and Learning Management SystemTurning Tech Profile Page

     

Note: This screen is also where you can purchase a subscription license code if you didn't have one because you purchased your clicker via a 3rd party website (Amazon, Ebay) or borrowed a used clicker from a friend. Click the Purchase Subscription button located under the Subscription category. Under the Response Devices category you can also purchase a clicker if need be by clicking on the Purchase Clicker button.

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3. Investigate: Check Status of Registration

Learn how to frequently check the status of your clicker registration.

If before every school year you want to check that status of your clicker registration to ensure that it will work for the classes you will take that year please follow the below steps.

  1. Please access the course that is using clickers by logging on to http://d2l.arizona.edu with your NetID and Password.
  2. Select the course you want to enter under My Courses.My Courses

     

  3. Click on UA Tools on the navigation bar, and select Clickers from the drop-down menu. Some courses, specifically within Eller college, may not have the UA Tools option on the navigation bar. If that is the case, contact your instructor or Eller IT staff to find out where the "Clickers" link is located within your course. UA Tools Clickers

     

  4. Verify that you have a green checkmark next to each category (Subscriptions, Response Devices, Learning Management System) on your Turning Technologies account profile. 

    If you don't have a green checkmark next to Subscriptions it is because you don't have an active subscription. It could be that your previous subscription has expired or you haven't yet entered in a subscription code if you recently bought your clicker from the UA Bookstore. If you have a subscription code to enter you can enter it in the box that says "Subscription Code" and click Redeem. If you don't have a subscription code you will need to purchase a new subscription by clicking on the Purchase Subscription button.

    If you don't have a green checkmark next to Response Devices that means you haven't entered in a Clicker ID. Locate the Clicker ID on the back of your clicker and enter that in the provided field that says "Clicker ID" and click Add.  Verify that the Clicker ID listed here is the same as the clicker you intend to use in your classes. If you need to purchase a new clicker you have the option to purchase a clicker bundle from Turning Technologies by clicking on the Purchase Clicker button.

    If you don't have a checkmark next to Learning Management System then completely exit out of your browser. Open up a new browser window and go to http://d2l.arizona.edu and log in with your UA NetID and Password. Then access your course and click on the UA Tools menu and choose Clickers. You then should have a green checkmark next to the Learning Management Systems category. NOTE: Ignore the Blackboard option. You do not need to be connected to Blackboard. You only need to be connect to Brightspace (D2L).Turning Tech Profile Successful
  5. If you have green check marks next to each category then you should be ready to use your clicker! Just remember to always bring your clicker device to class!
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