Poll Everywhere is, as its name implies, allows users to create polls. But this is indeed a web-based application with several remarkable twists.
Many teachers are familiar with student response systems: you pose a question on the chalkboard or interactive whiteboard, and the students answer the question with the assessment device you distributed at the beginning of class. Well, with Poll Everywhere, you show your question. Students get out their own cell phones and send a text message. You get realtime results through the web page.
You can embed your poll in a webpage or blog. You can embed your poll live into a PowerPoint presentation. (Windows only at this time.) The application has a nice look and other features as well.
With the free account, you can have an unlimited number of polls with up to 30 votes cast per poll per day for up to 1,000 votes per month. Five other fee based plans are available. Clever ideas!
I tried Poll Everywhere today as part of a presentation. The biggest issue we faced was the adult participants not knowing how to send a text message. But it actually worked well!
An interesting article from Wired magazine underscores the need for schools to significantly rethink content delivery (read: digital content delivery), student-created digital knowledge products worthy of the global stage, and organizational and digital school structures that will foster, even promote and require, both. Here are just a few quotations, but the whole article is worth reading.
The advent of DSL and cable modems gave rise to a slew of popular web services, produced multibillion dollar companies and reshaped consumers' daily lives -- all with relatively wimpy "broadband" connections that top out at a mere 3 to 6 megabits per second (Mbps).
Now two of the largest ISPs in the United States are hoping to kick off yet another broadband renaissance, this time with home connections that promise to reach 50-100 Mbps, enabling a slew of high-definition content, better-quality video-sharing sites and even 3-D video. Call it Broadband 2.0.
Experts say this increased bandwidth -- when it becomes widely available -- will have a profound effect on everything from our social interactions on the web to the way we consume media.
"The YouTube philosophy is really the primary motivator here," says Connie Chang-Hasnain, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley and expert in broadband communications. "Even grandmas post things on YouTube. But, right now, the resolution is terrible and there are some very predefined limits due to bandwidth."
All of that will change with 50 Mbps download speeds, she said, and by simply improving the sound and video quality of video streaming sites, you can dramatically change how a society learns, teaches and communicates.[Source: Broadband 2.0 Poised to Reshape Web, TV ]
When I moved to California a few weeks ago I was astounded that Verizon, my ISP (Internet Service Provider) dropped a fiber cable right at my front door: FIOS. I can download and upload as fast as 15mps--stunning!
We are presently sitting on incredible, yet largely un-leveraged, potential for maximizing the art and science of teaching and learning, even without Broadband 2.