PowerPoint Polling for PC | Digital Learning Office

Creating Polling Slides in PowerPoint

Launch the TurningPoint desktop app and click Start now under PowerPoint Poll on the dashboard. You will be directed to the opening of a new Microsoft PowerPoint file or browse for an existing file. PowerPoint will open with an add Turning Point Tape. There are five sections under this ribbon: Content, Speakers, Vote, Sessions, Software. Content is where you will create polling slides. You can switch between standard PowerPoint ribbons and the TurningPoint ribbon to create normal slides and polling slides.

[Figure 1] PowerPoint ribbon showing the TurningPoint tab and its sections: Content, Participants, Polling, Sessions, and Software.

Adding and editing a new polling slide

If you have an existing presentation open, navigate to the slide where you want to insert a new polling slide. Under the Turning Point TapeClick on New and choose the type of slide you want to insert. For this example, we will choose Multiple choice. This will insert the poll slide after the slide you navigated to. Click on Enter the text of the question to edit the question, then Enter response text to enter answer choices.

Screenshot showing the New menu activated and the Multiple Choice option highlighted

[Figure 2] Screenshot showing the New menu enabled and the Multiple Choice option highlighted.

After entering the question text and answer choices, click on the text and the graph will update to match your entries. You can then adjust the polling slide settings on the TurningPoint Slide Pane. For example, you can change the bulleted format (the default is A, B, C, D), correct and incorrect point values, chart options, and more.

The Slide pane can be enabled or disabled by clicking Slide pane on the TurningPoint Ribbon under the Content section. Note that the options in the Slide pane vary depending on the type of question selected.

Screenshot of the TurningPoint Ribbon with the Slide Pane button highlighted and the TurningPoint Slide Pane activated

[Figure 3] Screenshot of the TurningPoint Ribbon with the Slide Pane button highlighted and the TurningPoint Slide Pane activated.

To note: In the Slide pane, you can only edit the chart’s labels, values, and colors. If you want to switch to a different type of chart, such as a pie chart, you need to go to the Objects menu in the content section, then Chart, then choose the type of chart you want.

Screenshot showing the Objects menu enabled and the Graphics option highlighted with the menu enabled
[Figure 4] Screenshot showing the Objects menu enabled and the Graphics option highlighted with the menu enabled.

Correct answer indicator

A correct answer indicator can be added to the slide, if desired. Click on Objectmouse over or click Correct answer indicator to display the menu and choose an item from the menu. Custom allows you to use a previously saved image from your device.

Screenshot showing the Objects menu enabled and the Correct Answer Indicator option highlighted with the menu enabled

[Figure 5] Screenshot showing the Objects menu enabled and the Correct Answer Indicator option highlighted with the menu enabled.

To note: You must have selected a correct answer in the slide panel for the indicator to appear.

Countdown

The countdown will give your students a limited time to respond to your prompt before automatically displaying the results. To add a countdown to your poll slide, click Objectmouse over or click Countdown, and choose a timer style from the menu. The timer appears in the lower right corner of the slide and lasts 30 seconds by default. Once you have added the timer, it will appear under the Object tab on the Sliding panel, where you can set the countdown time. You can also drag the timer to another location on your slide.

Screenshot of the countdown timer with an arrow pointing to its corresponding settings

[Figure 6] Screenshot of the countdown timer with an arrow pointing to its corresponding settings.

Save presentation

Your presentation file is only available on the device you saved it to, not in the Turning web app. It’s important that you save your file to cloud or network storage (such as Box), a laptop you plan to use in class, or an external storage device (such as a USB flash drive).

Introducing Classroom Poll Slides

Launch the TurningPoint desktop app from your device and click To permit below Mobile response to generate a session ID so that students can join the session on their mobile devices. Click it Start session button to start the session.

Screenshot of the TurningPoint desktop app with mobile responses highlighted with an arrow pointing to Start Session in the window that opens after clicking Activate

[Figure 7] Screenshot of the TurningPoint desktop app with mobile responses highlighted with an arrow pointing to Start Session in the window that opens after clicking Activate.

The session ID appears under Mobile Responses. Be sure to share this ID with your students.

Click on Start now under PowerPoint Polling to launch Microsoft PowerPoint, and navigate to your presentation file. Before starting the presentation, reset the polling slides by clicking Reset under Sessions on the Turning Point Tape. This will erase responses from other sessions in which you have used the presentation.

Screenshot of the TurningPoint Ribbon in PowerPoint with an arrow pointing to Reset

[Figure 8] Screenshot of the TurningPoint Ribbon in PowerPoint with an arrow pointing to Reset.

You can now start your presentation by clicking on the start from the beginning button at the top of the screen or the button Slide displayed bottom button. Navigate the presentation as usual, using the keyboard, mouse, or remote control.

Screenshot of PowerPoint with arrows pointing to the Start from Beginning icon at the top of the screen and the Slide Show button at the bottom

[Figure 9] Screenshot of PowerPoint with arrows pointing to the Start from Beginning icon at the top of the screen and the Slide Show button at the bottom

When you advance to the polling slide, the polling will open automatically (there may be a few seconds delay) and you will see a floating bar at the top of the screen indicating the number of answers.

Screenshot of two floating bars: one with polling open and one with polling closed

[Figure 10] Screenshot of two floating bars: one with polling open and one with polling closed.

Advancing again will close the query and display the result. Before the survey closes, students can edit their answers and the last answer they entered will be saved. If you added a countdown timer, the timer won’t start until you step forward one more time. The query will automatically close when the time expires and the result will be displayed. Move forward again to display the correct answer indicator if you chose to use one.

Screenshot of poll slide results

[Figure 11] Screenshot of poll slide results.

Saving data

It’s important to still save the session to keep a record of student participation and responses, although you can export the results and upload them immediately to WebCampus. To do this, click Save under the Sessions section on the Turning Point Tape.

Screenshot of the TurningPoint Ribbon with an arrow pointing to Save

[Figure 12] Screenshot of the TurningPoint Ribbon with an arrow pointing to Save.

Name the file and save it to your device or the cloud, then close PowerPoint. You will be asked if you want to save the change to the PowerPoint file; Click on Do not save if you plan to reuse the presentation for another course. If you have not yet saved the session before closing PowerPoint, you will also be prompted to do so.

You will be taken back to the TurningPoint desktop application, where you can then end the session by clicking the icon Session ID in the upper right corner and clicking on the End session button.