Over the summer there have have been some updates to the software that we offer in our teaching spaces. Here’s a brief rundown of the changes and how you can get the most out of the services.
For this academic year we are trialing a new version of TurningPoint, called TurningPoint Cloud (TPC). If you’re unfamiliar with the software you can learn more about TurningPoint and how to get it here.
TPC is faster and more reliable than previous versions of TurningPoint, as well as now allowing students to vote via their mobile device. Meaning that you can use TPC just with clickers, just mobile devices or a combination both mobile devices and clickers.
Every teaching space computer will have TPC installed as standard, but if you don’t wish to trial this new version TurningPoint v5 will still be available via the software centre. Whether you plan to use a teaching space computer or your own laptop you will need to request a TCP account to try the new version. You can request an account here
There are additional details on how to sign in and get started using TCP here.
Our smartboard software has been updated to the latest version (2016). The new version bring with it a few changes:
- You can now use Smart Ink straight away, as well as Notebook software. So you no longer need to wait to start annotating your display.
- The newest version of the software no longer features the floating toolbar
Microsoft Office 2016
Microsoft Office 2016 is now available on all computers in teaching spaces.
In the latest version of Office 2016 PowerPoint, the presenter view is much easier to enable, but there are several points to consider when choosing whether to use it in teaching:
- It will not work on any teaching pool space in which it has a Smart Podium (an interactive screen, which is installed in most spaces).
- If enabled, Smart Ink does not function properly
- If enabled, TurningPoint toolbar does not function properly.
Once enabled, presenter view will stay enabled for every other managed desktop computer you use, until you disable it. So, we recommend that if you do decide to use this feature, you enable and disable it as and when required.