Topic: Emerging Technologies
Someone, somewhere recently posted a request for reasons why schools should permit cell phones on campus. I'll be darned if I can remember who it was, so I'm posting here.
Steve Dembo has blogged about a Web 2.0 tool called Poll Everywhere. Basically, you set up one or more questions (like you would with a personal response system (PRS)), but then gather responses via cell phone. As with PRS, you can embed the survey into a PowerPoint presentation and show results instantaneously. They are also promising the ability to respond via computer in the near future.
Right now the catch is that after the first 100 responses, there's a fee per response (ranges up to $74.19 for 500 responses). In a classroom, that could get expensive very quickly.
Anyway, apparently the company is interested in working with educators and looking for volunteers (in schools where students are allowed to use cell phones) to use Poll Everywhere and give feedback. If you're interested, use the link provided above to visit Steve's blog.
If it were feasible costwise, I could see this being a reason to have students use cell phones.
Technorati Tags:personal response systems
, Steve Dembo
, school administrators
, Susan Brooks-Young
Posted by sjbrooks_young
at 12:08 PM PST
Updated: Saturday, 8 December 2007 12:12 PM PST