TurningPoint Launches Web-based Response Service for Smartphones and Laptops
- By Dian Schaffhauser
TurningPoint, which sells classroom response systems, has launched a Web-based service that works on AT&T-powered wireless smartphones, including the iPhone, BlackBerry, and laptops.
ResponseWare Web can work within a traditional classroom environment or remotely for distance learning. Additionally, since the mobile application can be used on Web-enabled devices that students may already posses, the service reduces the number of clickers or other peripheral classroom equipment required in the class.
Interactive student response systems enable real-time student polling and offer analysis of responses, allowing the faculty member to address student questions or misconceptions on the fly. Poll results can then be stored for future analysis or aggregated and displayed in chart or graph form so instructors can assess student comprehension and gather real-time feedback.
"The faculty and IT professionals at Abilene Christian University are always looking for tools to enhance the educational and practical use of mobile devices in higher education," said Kyle Dickson, associate professor of English and scholar in residence in the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning. "AT&T and Turning Technologies share our commitment in enabling an improved teaching and learning experience using powerful mobile learning technologies."
The solution is available online or at campus bookstores through a subscription-based service that students or institutions can activate on their mobile device.
TurningPoint technology is also in use by California Polytechnic State University, Cleveland State University, and Simmons College in Boston.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.