Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Cell Phones in Learning Radio Show: Wed April 8th, Interview with Polleverywhere

Chat Transcript
Jarrod Robinson:ive been using poll everywhere to get student input on the way we tackle the course. The students decide what we learn next
Guest4563:my display name is now Guest4790
klmontgomery:Tell Brad Karen Montgomery is always available to help train LOL!
Liz Kolb:@Karen :)
Jarrod Robinson:gret quesiton
Liz Kolb:Partners with Mobile Cause
Jarrod Robinson:id want the ability to post key words that are then displayed as a wordle
Liz Kolb:Jarrod can you expand on that
klmontgomery:What about integrating with a wiki?
Cindy Kendall:Any expansion in the exporting ability of data?
Jarrod Robinson:so students post key words and the most predominant answers appear larger like in
misterlamb:You can embed a widget in a wiki for each question
misterlamb:I use widgets (and the mobile voting page) for students without cell phones
Jarrod Robinson:would be brilliant for brainstorming
Liz Kolb:Thanks you for joining
Jarrod Robinson:waffiti does it similar, however not available in OZ
klmontgomery:Out of time...
Liz Kolb:I should have made this 45 minutes
Liz Kolb:Love your idea Jarrod! Hopefully Brad will try it
misterlamb:wiffiti is nice in that you can set ratings (G, PG, etc) for classroom clowns
klmontgomery:Invite him back!
Cindy Kendall:Thanks Liz - it was interesting to hear the future directions of poll everywhere
Liz Kolb:@Karen---definitely...I wish he had called in a little earlier
Jarrod Robinson:yeh id love to use wiffiti but of course it isnt available in oz
misterlamb:Cindy, I agree. I'm looking forward to twitter integration
Liz Kolb:Jarrod have you used
Jarrod Robinson:lots of the awesome products are not available, would have a field day using them if they were
Jarrod Robinson:yeh thats good Liz
Liz Kolb:We should have asked him about ratings for the poll
Liz Kolb:I also forgot to "beg" for free educator accounts :D
Liz Kolb:Jarrod---can you use
PollEverywhereBRad:Hey folks, this is Brad from Poll Everywhere. I'm going to stay on the chat and answer any other questions you might have
Liz Kolb:YES! Thank you Brad
PollEverywhereBRad:Also, my email is if you have to jump off now
Liz Kolb:Any questions for him?
Liz Kolb:Brad---have you thought about "rating" your free text so that students cannot text inappropriate language?
Liz Kolb:For example filter out "F" "S" so they do not show up in the board?
PollEverywhereBRad:We have a moderation feature that lets someone select whether or not to display a question on screen.
misterlamb:I just want to say thanks for the product and the advancements in education you guys are making. I spoke with Jeff Vyduna in Feb. about some of the features
PollEverywhereBRad:But from our experience, we've found that kids will type in stuff to get around the filters
klmontgomery:Brad - Have you thought anymore about the SMART idea. Thinking I may have dropped the ball.
Jarrod Robinson:can use mymiamia in oztralia, will check it out
PollEverywhereBRad:@karen yes! Jeff is starting to talk to a lot of companies who want to partner with Poll Everywhere.
Jarrod Robinson:anyway im off to purchase a new Netbook with out Economy stimulus money that everyone in oztralia got. A cool $900
misterlamb:Jeff mentioned that you were looking at teaming up with a service like Study Island, etc. I know that would be a great way to increase use, as many teachers are already familiar with it
klmontgomery:Brad - call me!
Liz Kolb:Thanks Jarrod!
PollEverywhereBRad:@misterlamb You're very welcome. You should email us your story about how you use PE in class so we can post it up on our website and give other teachers ideas.
klmontgomery:Thanks Liz - Always great!
misterlamb:Will do
Liz Kolb:Thanks were fantastic!
PollEverywhereBRad:@misterlamb we've been kicking around the idea of Study Island. Are there any other popular content providers that a lot of educators use?
PollEverywhereBRad:@liz thank you! Our company really appreciates what you're doing for mobile technology in classrooms. We think its a great way to engage students.
misterlamb:That's the big one in our area. They do a good job at keeping costs down. We used to work with from the princeton review, but they wanted $12,000 per building
PollEverywhereBRad:I saw a message above about free education plans, we've got those at
klmontgomery:See you on Twitter:-)
Liz Kolb:Thanks for joining us Karen!
PollEverywhereBRad:@misterlamb our "nirvana" for content would be to let groups of teachers get together and develop great content. Our public is not very well organized now.
misterlamb:there is also still a lot of not wanting to use it as many teachers see it as needing cell phones to work with
misterlamb:i like using the mobile voting page to show they don't need cells
Cindy Kendall:@misterlamb I agree. I do a lot of professional development with teachers and use the various ways of voting to show the flexibility of PollEverywhere
Liz Kolb:I think that is what is great about PE...the multiple options for voting (and being able to let students share phones to vote by deselecting the "vote only once" button
Cindy Kendall:Teachers are consistently amazed at the quick response and visual data
Liz Kolb:I also love having students create the polls, they get so excited when they see their classmates respond to THEIR poll
misterlamb:@Cindy I was working with a group of math teachers in our IU on creating lesson plans, and they included PE as part of the plan
Liz Kolb:And PE always works!!!! You cannot say that about a lot of web2.0 sites
Cindy Kendall:Once teachers experience it, they get it. The funny thing is, many teachers don't have texting plans - but they know that many of their students do.
PollEverywhereBRad:@misterlamb how does web voting work in a classroom without phones? Netbooks?
Liz Kolb:It would be nice if people could vote via landline...Brad is this possible (Speech to text??).
misterlamb:In PA, we have what is called Classrooms for the Future, which is a grant that has worked on outfitting classrooms throughout the state with carts of laptops (Mac or Windows)
Liz Kolb:Actually for Visually Impaired students it would be great if PE worked with Dial2do (Speech to Text) so they could call in their text vote. I think it is Free to work with

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