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Using i>clicker with Ted

Integrating i>clicker with your Ted space provides three advantages:

  1. Easier roster acquisition
  2. Easier, more accurate student clicker registration
  3. Easier, more secure student scores

To obtain an Instructor's Kit containing a base station, an instructor remote, and a student remote, or for information about how to use clickers in the classroom, contact Craig Bentley, cmbentley@ucsd.edu, or (858) 534-4120.

You can begin polling your class as soon as you complete Step 1. Step 2 will reduce student questions about registering their clicker. Steps 3 and 4 are not necessary until you want to export student data and upload it to Ted.


Step 1: Get the i>clicker Software

Download the UC San Diego version of the i>clicker software and Ted learning management system integration files from the i>clicker Software page.

Step 2: Create the Registration Link in Ted

By default, classes in Ted have a Tools link in the course menu. Students may register their clicker by clicking that link, and then i>clicker Remote Registration.

You may also modify the course menu to add a direct link to the i>clicker registration page:

  • Click the Add Menu Item button "Plus" button and select Create Course Link
  • Click the Browse button
  • In the Tools section, click i>clicker (it's near the bottom of the list).
  • Enter "Register your i>clicker" (or something similar) in the Name box - that is what will show up in the menu.
  • Put a checkmark next to Available to Users, and click Submit.

The menu will reload, and you should see your direct link.

Step 3: Sync the class roster

  1. Open the i>clicker application, select your course, and click Open Gradebook.
  2. Click Sync Roster.
  3. The learning management system window will open. Enter your username for Ted.

    To get the Security Key for your class:
    1. Open your class in Ted
    2. Go to the Control Panel's Course Tools section
    3. Click the i>clicker Instructor Tools link (it will be the last tool listed)
    4. Click SSO Security Key

      It will display your i>clicker key in a box that you can copy/paste into i>clicker. This helps ensure that if your laptop is stolen or compromised, your campus-wide password will not be disclosed.
    Once you have pasted the key into i>clicker, decide whether you want i>clicker to remember your Ted credentials or not and check the box accordingly, then click Log In.
  4. The courses you teach in Ted will be listed in a drop-down menu. Be sure to choose the correct class, and click Select.

i>clicker should inform you after a few moments that you have successfully downloaded your roster.

After downloading your roster, you should sync the class roster periodically so dropped students are removed from the student list and students who register their clickers late can be credited for their responses.

Step 4: Upload scores

ACMS recommends regularly uploading student scores to Ted. This will help alert students if there is some problem with their clicker registration or performance.

NOTE: Keep in mind that the only place your polling results are automatically saved is on the computer you use in class, so we recommend you upload the scores to Ted often, or backup the Classes folder in your i>clicker folder on a regular basis.

When you upload your scores to Ted, it will create one or two columns, depending on how you export participation and performance points, for each session that you see in i>clicker.

  1. Open i>clicker, select your class, and click Open Gradebook.
  2. Click Sync Scores. If you told i>clicker not to remember your Ted credentials when you synced your roster, you will need to enter them now. (See Step 3: above)
  3. i>clicker will ask you which sessions to export. Select the desired sessions then click Next.
  4. i>clicker will ask you to customize how the data is sent to Ted. After making your selections, click Upload. After uploading, i>clicker will let you know the data transfer was successful.