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  1. Socrative – Realtime feedback from mobile devices

    April 4, 2011 by Josh Caldwell

    It’s time we start reevaluating our personal technology use policies in school (see the Speak Up 2010 report for some interesting stats). In the past, I’ve tried sites like Text the Mob to use student devices for realtime classroom feedback. Texting works fine, but setting up a question and getting kids to text the right number is cumbersome, at best.

    Socrative is a site that both simplifies the process and expands the feature set of mobile device feedback. Teachers can ask multiple choice, true/false or short answer questions as well as assigning quizzes, games and exit tickets. Students don’t need an account, they just plug in the teacher’s room number to login. Because it’s a web app, Socrative can be used from any device with a web browser and internet access. This opens up access to students with iPods/iPads (assuming your district allows them network access, which mine does not) but doesn’t provide access to normal (non-smart) phones. I definitely plan on kicking the tires when I get back from Spring Break, and I’ll post back here when I do.

  2. On the Impending Demise of the IWB?

    April 4, 2011 by Josh Caldwell

    Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration. Nevertheless, Fraser Spiers’ post about his next-gen classroom A/V setup really strikes a chord with my own views on IWBs. Why are we spending so much money single-task tool, when a setup like Spiers offers provides so much more¬†versatility¬†for the cost. The ability to better place technology in the hands of students should be reason enough to entertain such a shift.

    You can have any student take control of the AppleTV from their iPad over AirPlay to share videos or photos. I personally use a lot of YouTube videos to teach automated systems in Computing. When pupils are researching content, they can share what they’ve found wirelessly.

    I’ll suggest one better: with VNC access to the Mac Mini, you could put any task in the hands of the students. Instead of just sharing content (which is still a valuable use), full access to the presentation computer breaks down the barrier between teacher and student. Often, when in the computer lab, I ask a student to teach software skills via a VNC connection to Of course, most of us don’t have the benefit of a 1:1 iPad program, but a single iPad (or netbook) to pass around to students would suffice.

    The rise of affordable multi-touch devices may just be the death-knoll for companies like SMART and Promethean, who have built their business models around expensive,¬†proprietary touch input devices. If they wish to compete in the modern marketplace, they need to focus on providing strong whiteboard software that isn’t tied to their specific hardware.

    [via Fraser Speirs]