Anyone with access to the computer that has TurningPoint installed can create interactive presentations. In order to import a Blackboard class roster faculty need to log in to Blackboard with their NIU AccountID and Password. To do that, they must have the role of an instructor in the course.
Yes, Turning Technologies clickers come with batteries. The projected battery life is about a year. Each clicker has a battery life indicator, so that when the indicator shows the batteries are low, students can replace them.
The TurningPoint files are portable. Faculty can create exams, lessons, questions, and quizzes wherever TurningPoint is installed. Faculty members typically transport the files to the classroom on the USB device.
Each clicker has a unique serial # tied only to one student. A roster can be produced (printed) that is a list of first and last names and corresponding serial numbers. This list can be used to verify (via NIU One Card, for example) that each student leaving the classroom has used his or her own clicker.