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General Settings

The General settings allow you to edit a course name, add an instructor remote, change the frequency of the response system, show/hide the response grid, and add a welcome message for i>clicker 2 remotes.

General Settings
General Settings tab in My Settings window

Course Name

The course name field shows the course name that you entered when you created your course. The course name can be edited in the New Course window.

Instructor's Remote ID

You may designate one remote as the instructor's remote for your own use in class. The instructor's remote controls polling and moves between slides in your presentation software, allowing you freedom to move around the room while conducting i>clicker polling sessions. Rather than counting the five choices (A, B, C, D, E,) as student votes, the buttons control key functions of the i>clicker polling software.

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i>clicker Instructor Remotes

To activate the instructor's remote, enter the clicker's remote ID (located on the bottom of the back of your i>clicker) in the Instructor's Remote ID field in My Settings. If you plan to use the instructor's remote regularly, we recommend you set the code for the entire course (or term).

Tip

TIP: Many teachers use the blue standard i>clicker remote as their instructor's remote. There are no technical differences between a blue standard i>clicker instructor's remote and a standard white student remote. The color is designed to make it easier for you to keep track of your individual and loaner remotes.

The i>clicker2 instructor remotes are designed specifically for use by instructors. These remotes cannot be used as student remotes.


Tip

TIP: To use the C and D functions on the instructor's remote, your presentation software must be the "active" application on your computer screen. If i>clicker becomes the "active" program, click the presentation screen to make the presentation the "active" application again.

Frequency Code

The i>clicker 2-way radio frequency student response system operates on one of 16 channels in the 900-928 MHz frequency range.

The default frequency channel for both the base and the student remotes is AA. If you are the only instructor using i>clicker, you should not modify this frequency. However, if someone else is using i>clicker in close proximity, one of you will want to use a different channel.

Tip

TIP: If you know you will be using i>clicker near another instructor using i>clicker for the term, we recommend you set your default frequency for the entire term. If i>clicker is in use across your institution, you may also need to coordinate frequencies with your IT administrator. They may have already assigned channels to each classroom

At the beginning of each session i>clicker will check for bases in close proximity using the same frequency as your setting. If a base nearby is using the same frequency, you will be prompted to change your frequency.

i>clicker users: If you change your frequency from the default, your students will need to change their remote frequency at the beginning of each session. When you begin polling, an alert will appear with instructions for your students.

i>clicker2 users: the i>clicker2 remote will remember your students' last saved frequency. If your students change their frequency in your class and do not later change frequencies again, i>clicker will remember the frequency from your class.

To change the remote frequency using the standard i>clicker remote:

  1. Press and hold the On/Off (power) button on the i>clicker remote until the blue Power light begins flashing.
  2. Press the two-letter code (that you've designated in My Settings). In the example below, that new code is AB. A green Vote Status light on your remote will indicate that you have successfully reset the remote frequency.

To change the remote frequency using the i>clicker2 remote:

  1. Press and hold the On/Off (power) button on the i>clicker2 remote until the two digit frequency on the LCD begins flashing.
  2. Press the two-letter code (that you've designated in My Settings). In the example below, that new code is AB. A checkmark appears on your remote indicating that you have successfully reset the remote frequency.

i>clicker remote: The remote frequency will be set for as long as the remote is on. Students will need to repeat this procedure for every session or each time they turn on the remote.

i>clicker2 remote: The i>clicker2 remote saves the last frequency that the student entered. Students will only have to enter their frequency once for your class (unless they use their i>clicker2 remote in a different class that requires them to change frequencies).

Freqency Code Alert Message

You may alter the length of time that the frequency code alert warning appears on your screen, or you may choose to disable the warning/change alert completely (so that it never displays). If you prefer that the warning remain on screen until you click the Close button at the lower right, choose the option Until Manually closed. If you do not want to see the warning pop up before each question in the session (but do want the alert to appear the first time you ask a question), wait for the pop up to appear and then un-check the option Warn again on next question below the instructions.

Note

NOTE: The receiver must be plugged in and a session must be started before students can change their frequencies.

Response Grid

This option allows you to display (or hide) a grid of your students' voting entries each time you ask a question. The response grid gives students an additional opportunity to confirm their votes were received. (Note that the Vote Status light on the i>clicker remote flashes green each time a vote is received by the i>clicker base, so your students can confirm that their votes were recorded without displaying this grid. On the i>clicker2 remote, a checkmark appears indicating the vote was received and the student's vote appears on the LCD.) When viewing the response grid, you may choose to show either the clicker (remote) ID or the student ID.

Warning

TIP: While the response grid can be a comfort to students, it can also be distracting if used extensively. You can exit the response grid during a polling session by clicking on the Close (Exit) button on response grid window.

 

In order for an ID to appear, the student must have responded successfully to at least one question in the session. The first time the response grid displays in a polling session, all of the remote ID responses will be either blue or green. (The student's first response is colored blue, the second is colored green, and any subsequent responses to that same question toggle between these colors.) For subsequent questions in the same lecture, however, the grid will initially display all remote IDs that have been used in the session, in white. When those remotes have voted in response to the question, the color will change to blue. If they do not vote during a particular question, the remote IDs will remain on screen but stay white.

Warning

NOTE: To help a student find their response, their ID will always be in the exact same location for that lecture only.

Welcome Message

The Welcome Message allows you to set an eight-digit message that will appear on the LCD scrreen of students' i>clicker2 remotes. For example, you may choose to add your course name as the welcome message (e.g., CALC301). Students with i>clicker2 remotes will see the welcome message when they turn on their remotes. The welcome message is a great way to ensure that students are voting in the correct class.

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