Live Student Polling is a Key to Justifying Mobile Devices for Learning
I believe that one of the most valid services supporting learning with mobile devices is a classroom response system or live audience polling. We switched to a different ResponseWare Vendor this year and what has surprised me the most is the lack of commercial commitment to the academic market. Last year we used Turning Technology and it was very good for the options that they offered. Turning started out and appears to be primarily a Clicker based classroom ResponseWare provider. The delivery mechanisms that they provided for their WiFi based solution were limited to just a few presentation options. After a year with no effort on their part to invest in further development I went looking for another solution. We ended up going with Poll Everywhere who provided not only a wider range of presentation options but additional response options such as SMS. ResponseWare is not rocket science and the reality is that if there were no vendors or the price was to high we would just develop this solution ourselves. So maybe the problem is just not enough revenue potential for this type of service, thankfully, Poll Everywhere decided to address the academic market. Initial reports are very positive for ease of use for both the professor and student.