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Get started using clickers: Polling
Now that you have completed the First Four Steps, you are ready to begin "polling" in the classroom.
Your students do not need to have registered to get started using their clickers in the classroom. In fact, if you would like to contribute i>clicker results to individual students and potentially assign grades or points for participation, the students must respond to at least one question in class before you can sync the roster with their data.
The steps are easy to get started polling:
- Plug your receiver into your computer or laptop.
- Insert the Flash drive into your receiver if you will be running the software from this drive.
- Locate the yellow i>clicker mac or i>clicker win folder on your Flash drive or from a different location on your laptop.
You may place this folder and all of its contents anywhere you like and run the required applications from that location. Copying this folder and all of its contents to another location allows you to maintain a backup as well.
- Run the i>clicker application from within that folder.
- A Welcome window will appear asking you to choose your course, edit an existing one, or add a new one. If this is your first time polling in this class choose, Add Course.
- Add your course information. Fill in the following fields: Course Name, Course Number, and Section Number (if applicable). You may designate these as anything that makes sense to you.
- After clicking Create you will see that you can select your new course from the Welcome box.
- You are now ready to start polling! Just click start session.
Even though you have not designated any settings or preferences, clicker responses in the classroom are captured, along with the unique clicker ID. Your data is saved until you are able to create a roster, sync it with the students' web registrations, and select your preferences. See the help topic, Selecting Your Settings and Preferences.
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