Poll Everywhere is a feature packed web based response system. Not only is there a free web based version, but you can respond using standard SMS or Twitter. The results are displayed live in your browser or within Powerpoint.

Below are two live polls you can access to see exactly how Poll Everywhere works. One is a multiple choice example and the other is a free text polling example. You can vote by either of the three options shown.

Simple Text Message Voting | Poll Everywhere

Simple Text Message Voting | Poll Everywhere-2


The purpose of the weekly Mining for Web 2.0 Technologies postings is to share favorite Web 2.0 technologies. Each week I will make a brief posting of one of my favorites hoping that you will respond with yours.

There are several Web 2.0 definitions being used, however for these postings it is simple:

Web 2.0 technologies are those that use the web to promote and provide collaborative opportunities.

Web 2.0 Mining #1 is TinyChat. TinyChat provides a means of creating a free and immediately available chat room. As you create your chat room you have several options available as shown in the image below.

TinyChat Controls

TinyChat Controls

Once created, the chat room will look similar to the one I created below.

Newly created chat room

Newly created chat room

You can start your broadcast at anytime. There is an option to personally invite attendees. As shown below you can decide whether you broadcast using your webcam, audio only, share your desktop, and even record the session.


The TinyChat web site sums it up this way:

“Tinychat delivers dead simple video conferences without the extraneous ad-ons and inconvenience, making video conferencing an accessible, uncomplicated experience. It works on Windows, Mac and Linux; with Firefox, IE, Safari, and Chrome; and there is a version available for iPhones. You can have up to twelve people in a room with HQ video (200 via chat only), protected by passwords and moderators, share your desktop with them, and your conferences can be recorded and embedded on your website. But the best news is this — we can provide all of these awesome features in a package that is attractive, streamlined, and easy to understand. Tinychat is the ultimate meeting solution for those who want to meet without stress and hassle.”

Evernote is one of those applications that when discovered, you get all geeky excited. Evernote is a capture and document archival system that works with your mobile phone (iPhone version), your desktop and your browser (you get a free web account that syncs with all the other devices) and there are both a Windows version and Mac OS X version. 

Evernote is organized in a way to allow one to store captured or archival information into a series of notebooks. Captures can be sent directly to an Evernote notebook (folder like), documents can be printed to Evernote in PDF format, or new notes/documents can be created from scratch within Evernote. You can store images, documents, web pages and page captures easily in Evernote and find them by searching for them at any time.


One of the coolest things I discovered about Evernote was its ability to capture using the iPhone camera. Often when I am in meetings and much of the discussion is on the whiteboard, I take out my iPhone and use Evernote to capture the writing on the board. Not only have I captured writing, but it becomes searchable in EvernoteEvernote has a phenomenal OCR engine. Look at the example below. The first image is an iPhone Evernote capture of writing on a whiteboard. Following that image is an image using the same file capture  in which I did a search for the word “pipeline”. Notice it found it. Amazing OCR capabilities!



















Evernote is a most handy tool and one side benefit is it automatically syncs with all Evernote devices.



The iKnow Initiative is a new and exciting change happening at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU). Already gaining national attention, iKnow is an initiative aimed at improving the overall student educational experience using mobile technologies. These technologies consist of Apple MacBooks and either an Apple iPhone or Apple iPod Touch.

Starting in the Fall of 2008, all incoming freshmen and freshman faculty at Freed-Hardeman will be provided the MacBook and their choice of an iPhone or iPod Touch. The purpose of integrating these mobile technologies with the overall educational experience is to enhance instruction, to engage the students more effectively, to prevent the learning process from being a passive-only activity, and to improve learning outcomes, thereby effectively helping our students become life-long learners.

It is important to recognize that the purpose of iKnow is not to place mobile technologies into all student and faculty hands because it is simply available; rather, it is to integrate the mobile devices into the pedagogical and social experiences that students participate in while pursuing their college degree thereby helping achieve the University’s goals..

Certainly classroom usage of the mobile devices can allow for misuse; but, compared to the overall benefits of having the mobile technologies available, the iKnow Initiative benefits outweigh potential misuse. 

The first area of benefits is the iKnow Suite of Applications developed by the iKnow Development Team at Freed-Hardeman. These applications consist of functions as simple as taking class roll to giving online quizzes. 

Below is a brief overview of the iKnow Suite. To Access the iKnow Suite go to http://m.fhu.edu.

Selecting the iKnow link, carries one to the login page where, once authenticated, the student or faculty member will access the iKnow portal. Students and faculty have access to various types of functions and applications. 

A second benefit of iKnow is that the mobile technologies serve as communication tools. The iPhone and iPod touch enhance communication between faculty,  students, and Freed-Hardeman at large:

  • Faculty members are able to extend the classroom beyond the physical limitations of traditional rooms by using the iKnow applications. 
  • A campus-wide emergency alert system called LionAlert is now available to all students. 
  • The Pipeline is an iKnow application that serves as a campus information feed similar to an RSS feed. Content providers can post to the information feed and students can elect to subscribe to any feeds they want. Currently, more than twenty-five (25) feeds are available with the capability to add more. These feeds are Twitter-like in that you can post only 140 characters. Pipeline is intended to be a conduit of burst-able information.

A third benefit of iKnow is the preparation of the student for working in a technology-filled work place. It makes sense to integrate the technology students are using and interested in while using it to enhance the educational experience while at the same time preparing them to be efficient in these pervasive technologies.




Tired of the iPhone Automatic Backup Every Time You Sync with iTunes? You can disable this feature. See below.

From terminal in Mac OS X Leopard enter the following:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes AutomaticDeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true

If you have incorporated the iPhone or iPod Touch into your pedagogy, please share your experience here.

Although having only been using the iPhone 3G since July 2008, it has proven to become a tool I heavily rely on. Email, Calendaring, SMS, web access via Safari, etc. are great applications I use daily, but there are also several excellent applications in the iTunes App Store. Below are several I have found to be helpful, free, and worth the installation.

Mobile News – Free
FaceBook – Free
Clock – Free
Evernote – Free
Sportacular – Free
AOL Radio – Free
RDP Lite – Free
VNC – Free
SpeedTest – Free
Ping Lite – Free
Fring – Free
Holy Bible – Free
iTalk – Free
Google Earth – Free

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