This page will address i>clicker issues you might come across, with additions and updates made as needed. Report any issues not listed below to email@example.com and check back frequently for updates.
i>clicker Version 7
New Version 7.4.2 Available (9/16/15)
We have a new software version available for Fall quarter with these features and fixes:
- Ability on Macs to disable App Nap for i>clicker only*
- The main i>clicker window no longer hides behind other windows
- The i>clicker session toolbar doesn’t disappear when polling is first started on a Mac
* Mac Users: You’ll definitely want to update your software now. Be sure to check the Prevent App Nap box on the General tab of your Course Settings in the new software. (If you’ve been using a previous version 7 release and disabled App Nap systemwide because of the delay issue, see the instructions below for reenabling App Nap for your computer as a whole.)
If you’re a Windows user and currently use v.7.3.3, feel free to keep using that version if you like – the new changes for Windows users are minor..
(Version 7 for both Mac and Windows platforms still does not have self-paced polling or demographics, so if you use those features you should continue with v.6.4.2.)
You can download new software version 7.4.2 for both Mac and Windows here.
Re-enabling App Nap systemwide on a Mac (for those who previously disabled App Nap systemwide):
App Nap is a Mac feature that conserves battery power, but caused delays for some Mac i>clicker users.
If you’re not sure whether you previously disabled App Nap or not, it won’t hurt to do this procedure even if App Nap was never disabled in the first place. (But if you’re not familiar with command line programs, feel free to contact Craig Bentley for assistance.)
To re-enable App Nap system-wide on your Mac, open the Terminal application (located in /Applications/Utilities), and copy and paste in this string:
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAppSleepDisabled -bool NO
Then press the Enter key. After pressing enter, you need to restart your MacBook for the change to take place.
If you have any questions, please contact Craig Bentley.
Ted Error Message About Students with Multiple Clickers (9/17/15)
When you upload scores to Ted you may get a message that multiple clickers registered to one student are being used in the class. When the software comes across a case like this the upload stops, so you’ll want to get this squared away asap. It is most likely a case of the student owning two clickers and lending or selling one to someone else in the class. It’s fine for them to loan/sell one to a classmate, but the original owner needs to log into Ted and delete the one they’re not using from their account. Once they do that and you resync your roster, you should then be able to upload those scores successfully. If you have any questions, please contact Craig Bentley.
Compatibility with Windows 10 (9/16/15)
After some preliminary testing, i>clicker software and the Ted integration file seem to work fine with the latest version of Windows. If you upgrade to Windows 10 and find any i>clicker issues, please contact Craig Bentley.
i>clicker REEF Mobile App (and Others) (9/17/15)
i>clicker has introduced a new mobile app called REEF that works on smart devices such as laptops, tablets and cell phones instead of requiring physical clickers. Several other vendors have similar apps. These apps have several technical and academic integrity issues that would need to be addressed before they can be used effectively. We will be evaluating these apps over the coming year, but do not support them at this time.
We have disabled the REEF app in the current campus versions of the software, but a bug in the Mac version allows those settings to resurface shortly after initial use. Mac users should ignore the REEF Polling tab when it shows up in their Settings window. If you have any questions, please contact Craig Bentley.
Session Toolbar and Cursor Issues (9/16/15)
Some instructors have had issues with the Session Toolbar or their cursor when showing slides and using i>clicker on a Mac. If you have these issues, chances are updating to the latest software version (7.4.2; link above) will solve these for you. If you update and still have issues, the tips below may help.
These issues tend to happen more frequently in modes like Presenter View in PowerPoint, where the laptop display shows more than just the slide that is shown on the projection screen. So the easiest way to prevent these issues may be to mirror the slides on both screens (which also has the bonus of giving you the Session Toolbar on both screens instead of only one). This unfortunately means that you don’t see the slide that is coming next, or any notes you’ve added to your presentation. (Although you could print out your slides and notes beforehand.)
Another good way to prevent these issues is to do things in this order:
Beginning of Class:
- Connect your laptop to the projector.
- Open the i>clicker program and start a new i>clicker session.
- Open your slide program and start the slideshow.
End of Class:
- Escape out of slideshow mode.
- End the i>clicker session (and then close the i>clicker program if desired).
- Disconnect your laptop from the projector.
Below are the most common toolbar and cursor issues. The i>clicker manufacturer is working on fixes, but in the meantime, if you have one of these issues, try the corresponding workaround:
The i>clicker Session Toolbar disappears behind your slides when the slideshow is started: Try escaping the slideshow, ending the i>clicker session, closing and reopening i>clicker, and starting a new session.
The Session Toolbar disappears when you click on it: Before trying to move the Toolbar onto the projection screen, try starting and stopping a quick test poll, then click on the Toolbar and drag it onto the projection screen.
The toolbar gets corrupted in a variety of ways, e.g., going blank, or doubling up with two timers that don’t change even when a poll is open: Try closing and reopening i>clicker.
Cursor appears to go behind the Toolbar instead of over it: Try clicking on your laptop display with your touchpad or mouse, then clicking on the Session Toolbar.
If you use Keynote with i>clicker, see the suggested preference settings at the bottom of this page.
Used i>clicker Transfer Fee (Updated 9/16/15)
Since December 31, 2014, i>clicker has been charging students who register used clickers at iclicker.com a $6.99 registration fee.
Who will be affected?
For now, this only affects students who register newly acquired used clickers through the iclicker.com website. The only students who register at that website are those whose instructors do not use Ted, our campus learning management system. Registration through Ted is not scheduled to be assessed the $6.99 registration fee until at least 2016. Note that students can only register a clicker through Ted if the course requiring the use of a clicker is hosted through Ted. Also note that students only need to register clickers once in Ted (and once at iclicker.com for classes not hosted in Ted), so those who registered their current clicker before 12/31/14 will not need to pay the fee unless they switch to a different used clicker.
Will users be charged twice?
Macmillan New Ventures, the manufacturer of i>clicker, has confirmed that when clickers registered through Ted begin being assessed this fee, students who need to register for classes both on iclicker.com and through Ted will only pay the registration fee one time.
Also, because students only need to register their clicker when they get it and that registration follows them into all of their classes, they will not need to worry about paying the fee again unless they acquire a different used clicker.
Can students share clickers?
Students will still be able to share clickers as long as they do not have classes at the same time and those who do not buy the clicker new pay the registration fee.
Any help you can provide in spreading the word to your students will be appreciated – it may affect their decision of whether to purchase a new or used clicker.
Student Cost Example
Even with this new fee, we still believe clickers are a valuable and useful tool to enhance teaching and learning at UC San Diego. Here’s an example of how minimal the economic impact of clickers on students can be:
- Freshman buys used i>clicker for $28 on ebay.
- Pays $6.99 used registration fee.
- Uses clicker in many classes for 4 years at UCSD.
- At graduation, sells the clicker to the bookstore for $27.50.
Total cost for 4 years of use: $7.49.
If you have any questions about this change, please contact Craig Bentley.
i>clicker Version 6
Ted Interface Alert! (12/22/14)
If you have already started using i>clicker version 6.3 or earlier in conjunction with Ted in a class this quarter, your class voting results are not compatible with version 7. Instead of updating to v.7, in order to upload your clicker scores to Ted you need to update to v6.4.2 The software and installation instructions are here.
If you have any i>clicker questions, please contact Craig Bentley. If your questions are Ted-related, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.