Turning up the power on PowerPoint
A product from Turning Technologies called TurningPoint helps collect real-time audience responses, enabling you to turn your PowerPoint presentations into powerful data collection and assessment tools
Here are two of questions for anyone/everyone who has ever conducted a training seminar or session: Did you know (before reading the feedback forms!) what your audience was thinking? Did you know whether or not your audience would even remember what you were saying?
Unless you’re clairvoyant, you probably only had a sketchy idea about that stuff in real time, and by the time you’d read your feedback forms it was way too late to make a correction to increase your effectiveness with that group.
A product from Turning Technologies called TurningPoint helps collect real-time audience responses, enabling you to turn your PowerPoint presentations into powerful data collection and assessment tools, and dramatically improve productivity, retention, and results.
How it Works
The TurningPoint polling software is multi-dimensional, and directly integrates with PowerPoint in such a way that the presenter can prompt participants to answer questions via handheld ResponseCard keypads, which transmit responses to a radio frequency USB receiver.
In conjunction with (or in place of) those ResponseCard keypads, participants can use Turning’s ResponseWare app to answer questions with any Web-connected device, including smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. Results can then be instantly displayed on screen and available in detailed reports for further analysis.
Although TurningPoint was originally developed for direct integration with PowerPoint, the company also accommodates training environments not using the Microsoft product. A floating toolbar allows you to poll with Keynote presentations, Word documents, Web pages, videos, PDFs, and other commonly-used presentation types.
Initially considered a product for the corporate event environments, TurningPoint soon became popular in K-12 education environments, where particularly shy students can engage in interactive learning activities without feeling singled out.
Turning Technologies’ solutions are currently in use in more than 4,000 corporate organizations as well as some 25,000 K-12 schools and roughly half of all colleges and universities in the United States.
A decade down the road from when TurningPoint first hit the market, many different law enforcement agencies across the nation are now using the product.
Notable law enforcement implementations include Glassboro (N.J.) Police Department, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Police Department, North Carolina’s Sheriff’s Association, the Columbus (Ohio) Police Academy, the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.
Put Into Practice
While at the FBI Academy, Peters was able to earn 13 Masters-level college credits through the University of Virginia, and as a student had to deliver presentations to the class on various topics. He said that the technology with which he was familiar from his work at Brooklyn Center PD was also available to him for his presentations in Virginia.
In one presentation, Peters was discussing the use of TASER ECDs, and showed video of police incidents where TASERs had been deployed.
“We asked the students to rate whether it was a good use of the TASER, and this led to great conversations” he said.
“Since the benefits apply to any learning environment, the technology has been adopted in various training situations including law enforcement.
“Our solutions provide results in high-stakes training environments and enhance the learning experience which increases both the safety and effectiveness of our law enforcement officers.”
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