PowerPoint polling for Mac

Creating Polling Slides in PowerPoint

Launch the Turning desktop app and click on Start Now on the PowerPoint Polling tile on the Dashboard. This opens Microsoft PowerPoint, and TurningPoint is added as a floating toolbar. There are six sections on the toolbar: Content, Course, Polling, Sessions, Software, and Slide Show. The Content section is where you add polling question slides. You can switch between the PowerPoint New Slide button and the TurningPoint New button to create regular slides and polling slides. You can also add polling slides to an existing PowerPower file.

Screenshot of the TurningPoint floating toolbar

[Figure 1] Screenshot of the TurningPoint floating toolbar.

Adding a polling question slide

If you have an existing presentation, open the presentation first, and go the slide where you want to insert a new polling slide. From the TurningPoint toolbar, click on the New button and choose the type of question you want to ask.

Screenshot of TurningPoint toolbar with the New button highlighted

[Figure 2] Screenshot of TurningPoint toolbar with the New button highlighted.

Use Multiple Choice as an example. This will add a slide where you enter the question and answer choices. Click on Enter question text… and Enter answer text… to edit your question and answer choices. Note that for multiple choice questions, the default is 4 answer choices. If you have more or fewer than 4, after finish entering the texts, click the Refresh button on the TurningPoint toolbar so that the chart matches the number of answer choices. You may enter up to 10 answer choices for multiple question slides.

After you enter the question and answer choices, you can adjust the settings/options of the polling question slide on the Slide Preferences panel. For example, adjust Question Options, Polling Options and Scoring Options such as correct/incorrect answers, point value, etc. (Note: the options in Slide Preferences are slightly different depending on the type of slide you choose.)

Screenshot of a question slide with the Refresh button and the Slide Preferences Panel highlighted

[Figure 3] Screenshot of a question slide with the Refresh button and the Slide Preferences Panel highlighted.

Repeat the procedure above to add more polling questions. Save your presentation using the Save icon, or by going to File and then Save, or using keyboard shortcut Cmd+S.

Screenshot of the PowerPoint ribbon with the Save button highlighted

[Figure 4] Screenshot of the PowerPoint ribbon with the Save button highlighted.

Adding objects to the polling question slide.

You can add a correct answer indicator to the question slide if applicable. Click on the Object icon, mouse over or click on Correct Answer Indicator to bring up the menu, and choose one from the menu. You can also choose Custom and use your own image as an indicator. You will need an image saved on your computer in that case.

Screenshot of the Floating Toolbar with the Objects button highlighted and the Correct Answer Indicator menu activated

[Figure 5] Screenshot of the Floating Toolbar with the Objects button highlighted and the Correct Answer Indicator menu activated.

You may add a countdown timer. Click on the Object icon, mouse over or click on Countdown to bring up the drop-down menu, and choose a timer style from the menu. The Countdown Time dialogue box appears. Adjust the time or add a sound to the timer, and click Insert. You may change the duration by double-clicking on the number, and adjust the position by dragging and reposition the timer on the slide. A countdown time can also be added during the presentation when you open the poll.

Using a different chart

The default type of chart is vertical. You can change the default by going to Preferences on TurningPoint tab. If you only want to change the chart on one question slide, click on the Object icon and then Chart, then choose the type of chart you want. This will change the chart on that slide.

Don’t forget to save your presentation after you make any changes. Click on the Save icon or press Cmd+S to save the file.

Presenting the Polling Slides on a Mac Computer

Launch and log in to the TurningPoint desktop app. Click on PowerPoint Polling.

Microsoft Powerpoint launches. Open your PowerPoint file. Before you start your presentation, reset the polling slides if you have polled in another class or have tested them.

Before you begin, make sure Mobile Responses is enabled (the icon will show as green). If it is not, click on the Mobile Responses icon and then the Start Session button to generate a random session number. Next, navigate to the first slide, and begin your presentation by clicking on Start from the TurningPoint Toolbar.

Screenshot of the Floating Toolbar with Mobile Responses and Slide Show Start highlighted

[Figure 6] Screenshot of the Floating Toolbar with Mobile Responses and Slide Show Start highlighted.

Begin the presentation as usual using the keyboard, mouse or remote. When you advance to the polling question slide, you will see a bar floating on top of the screen and polling will automatically open (by default). You will see the number of responses when students enter their answer choices. Advancing again will close polling. The results will display, together with the correct answer indicator if applicable. If you have added a countdown timer, the timer will start when polling opens; polling will automatically be closed when the timer reaches zero, and the results will be displayed.

Make sure you save the session to keep a record of student participation and responses after every session, even if you are able to export the results to WebCampus right away. To do so, click the Save button and choose Save Session from the TurningPoint Toolbar. Name the file and save it on your computer. To go back to the TurningPoint desktop app, you will have to close PowerPoint. You will be asked if you want to save the change to the PowerPoint file. Choose No if you want to re-use the presentation for another class. You will be taken back to TurningPoint Dashboard.

Screenshot of the Floating Toolbar with the Save button highlighted

[Figure 7] Screenshot of the Floating Toolbar with the Save button highlighted.