Nov 222010

Here’s the notes from the Common Core Presentation at the UCTM Conference by David Smith, USOE Elementary Math Specialist, and Diana Suddreth, USOE Secondary Math Specialist. I’ve also included the audio recording of the presentation which matches up with the included time stamps. My apologies for the poor recording – it was the best my iPad microphone could do.

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Nov 162010

HI Clint – thought you would enjoy this:

SMS Voting as main purpose - dead - dead - dead - AKA - by - nice logo (!) (direct ripoff) (direct ripoff)
Other good Web2.0/Mobile classroom response system:
Twitter voting: (dead)
SMS Voting as a feature in a broader suite (usually for corporate/marketing) - Acq. by singlepoint - Discontinued the poll part - AKA QuestionPro. Dropped SMS product

Nov 162010

Classroom response systems are becoming more and more prevalent. If only the clickers didn’t cost $70 a piece on top of the interactive white board setup.

Even with the limitations and potential issues of time, speed, and availability of student cell phones, I still like the idea of Poll Everywhere for introducing teachers to this sort of on-the-fly formative evaluation of student learning.

Nov 112010

Back in 2007 we launched 1-800-GOOG-411, a voice-powered directory assistance service that connects you quickly to businesses across the U.S. and Canada. On November 12, 2010, we will shut down the service.

GOOG-411 was the first speech recognition service from Google and helped provide a foundation for more ambitious services now available on smartphones, such as:

  • Voice Search – search Google by speaking instead of typing.
  • Voice Input – fill in any text field on Android by speaking instead of typing.
  • Voice Actions – control your Android phone with voice commands. For example, you can call any business quickly and easily just by saying its name.

Our success encouraged us to aim for more innovation. Thus, we???re putting all of our resources into speech-enabling the next generation of Google products and services across a multitude of languages.

If you don???t use a smartphone, and you???re trying to call a business, you can send a text message with the name and location of the business to 466453 (“GOOGLE”) and we???ll text you the information, or on Gmail you can use the new phone-calling features to call any U.S. business free of charge. Also, if you don???t have the free voice search app pre-installed on your phone, you can download it here.

Thanks for all the calls, and keep an eye out for all the innovation to come.

The GOOG-411 Team

??2010 Google – Terms of ServicePrivacy PolicyGoogle HomeMobile Home

I am very sad about this. This service was amazing AND free, which is rare these days. You can still text these requests to 466453 (“GOOGLE”), but there was nothing better when you are on the road to call this one number, ask for a business, have all of the information texted to your phone, and connecting the call for free.

I never thought that I’d see the day when Google would cut BACK on the services that they offer.

Nov 082010
Check out this website I found at

Now that TextMarks has limited free groups to one-per-user, GroupMe might be a good alternative for classroom-sized groups.

Each group created has it’s own unique phone number and will accomodate up to 25 members of a group. You can update the group by sending a text to the group phone number. You can also pretty much manage anything you need to do with your group from your phone by sending #commands to the group number… For example:

  • #add name phone – adds a new group member
  • #list – shows all names and numbers of group members
  • #topic topic – changes the discussion topic of the group, or really the name of the group
  • #name name – changes your name within the group
  • #mute – stops updates from the group. Send #mute again, and you are back in the conversation
  • #remove name or number – removes this person or number from the group (only works if you are the group creator)
  • #exit – removes me from the group
  • #help – sends you a list of commands
  • #new topic – creates a whole new group with the name or topic that you enter. You’ll be texted with the new phone number for the new group.

If you have a SmartPhone, they also have apps for iPhone and Android. Give it a shot!

    Nov 032010

    More on Prezi Meeting. They have kept it very simple and straight forward. When in Prezi editing mode, just click Meeting –> Invite, and you are presented with a link that you can share with your collaborators.

    You can also create a shared Presentation link that you can send out to view a Prezi on separate machines anywhere in the world together. The only thing about this that I don’t really like is that the Presentation link expires after only 10 minutes… I guess this is for security, or that they don’t want people randomly joining in a Prezi a year after the fact, but it would be nice to have a permanent presentation link to post to a web site for training purposes.

    Great stuff from Prezi.