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Derek Bruff has compiled a very comprehensive bibliography on classroom-response systems:

Last year I led an ATIP review on clickers that included folks from several colleges around the U and the IT Director for the Rochester campus and the head of ITSS at UM-Duluth. Part of this process included taking a look at what's next for clickers beyond the device specific options offered currently by most vendors. We opened this question up to a broader interpretation to include polling systems, etc.... I'm reformatting most of those finding as my blog post. The information is about a year old, but still relatively new in the field.

Popular Polling software (most used by some faculty at the U):


  • Text message (SMS) polls and voting
  • Can display results on web or through PowerPoint (updates automatically)
  • Can also vote via Twitter or Smartphones
  • no innovations - simply a free/for pay pro options easy to use online poll and survey tool
  • Internet's Largest Poll Database
  • free and easy to use
  • polls made by accounts are searchable
  • automatically adds a threaded discussion for every poll that folks can go to immediately after completing poll
Software driven clickers (including mobile devices):

iRespond AnyPlace - web-based version of clicker

  • Allows for essay answers
  • Homework
  • vClicker mobile edition - virtual clicker
  • ResponseWare - web-based polling on laptops and cell phones/smart phones with web browsers
    • works on Wi-Fi and cell/data networks
    • Allows alphanumeric entry
    • Aids with accessibility issues
  • RemotePoll - Simultaneously connect multiple lecture rooms through the internet using ResponseCard hardware and RemotePoll to enable the host site to gather and display results immediately from all locations.
  • web>clicker - browser-based voting system that combines the simplicity and reliability of i>clicker with the flexibility of laptops and handheld devices.
    • works with laptops
    • works with mobile devices that support a browser
Systems adding new functionality beyond traditional clickers:


  • Q7 Presenter Tablet - allows teachers to draw, annotate, and control computer applications without being tethered to a computer. Additionally, presenters can view notes, presentation indicators, and input from participants on the tablet's LCD screen.
  • Q5 instructor remote - can start and stop media as well as initiate a spontaneous question right from the remote.
  • Slide/question bank available for many disciplines from company
  • Intellislate - device that allows annotation over presentations, programs, documents and web pages Clip Art Library for Geography, Math, Science, History and more
  • iRespond mini tablet
    • Control your PC using the iRespond Mini-Tablet!
    • Tablet technology functionality at one-half the cost
    • Issue questions to students
    • Use as a teacher's/presenter's remote
    • Draw and capture capability
  • InterWrite WorkSpace - vendor provided content (content, lessons, assessments, etc...)
  • InterWriteMobi - The teacher and student can concurrently interact with and contribute to the same digital content - ideal for team activities, learning simulations, student exploration, and more.
Hotseat (developed internally for use at Purdue http://www.purdue/hotseat):
  • Enabling collaborative micro-discussion in and out of the classroom
    • social networking-powered mobile Web application
    • creates a collaborative classroom, allowing students to provide near real-time feedback during class and enabling professors to adjust the course content and improve the learning experience
  • Students can post messages to Hotseat using:
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • text messages
    • logging into Hotseat site
  • Students can also vote on questions posed to help instructor prioritize questions to answer
DyKnow (more of a technology classroom management tool):
  • Has a polling tool
  • Unique in that there is 2-way communication through the tool (faculty can address students questions individually)

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