How to Buy a Student Response Device (Clicker)
Beginning on September 19, 2017, every student will be required to have a TurningTechnologies RF-LCD student-response card (clicker) with a valid subscription or license. The clicker works by itself, without a smartphone or other device. You have a choice of a one-year subscription (recommended) or a five-year subscription. I strongly suggest that you buy a new RF-LCD Response Card at the BU B&N Bookstore ($37 with a one-semester subscription, $49 with a one-year subscription, $77 with a five-year subscription). I do NOT recommend that you buy a clicker online. You will be required to bring the clicker with you to every EC101 lecture. Students will not be permitted to use smart-phone apps instead to the clicker—unfortunately the smart-phone apps do not always work properly in BU lecture halls.
Buying a new clicker from the Bookstore has several important advantages: you get the clicker immediately, it cannot get lost in the mail, and if it stops working (a common problem), you can exchange it at the Bookstore for another one (be sure to keep your BU Bookstore clicker receipt and subscription voucher in a safe place). Keep in mind that only the TurningTechnologies RF-LCD clicker model can be used in this course. I do not recommend that you buy a used clicker—used clickers often stop working because of dead batteries or because of other problems, and the bookstore will not exchange them when they fail.
I recommend that you do not purchase a clicker until after the first day of classes on Tuesday, September 5. Do not buy the clicker until you are sure you will stay in the course.
In order to get credit for using your clicker in class, you will have to register it on BlackBoard and activate the subscription. After you have purchased your clicker, please follow these instructions.
You can also contact TurningTechonologies by phone at 866-746-3015, 8:00 am – 9:00 pm Boston time. They also have a technical support website.
*The TurningTechnologies brand was selected for use by Boston University. No other brand may be used in BU classes at this time. Other brands of clickers will not be compatible with the classroom technology used in EC101 DD/EE.