This tool grabs from twitter and text messages as well (though I still haven't figured out how to get that feature working).

Text to Display Tools

This week I spent some time looking for a couple apps to resolve a need during the International Society for Technology in Education’s conference. The Young Educator’s Network plans to put up a text message board during their evening event. As I was looking around I found two potential tools:

This tool grabs from twitter and text messages as well (though I still haven't figured out how to get that feature working).

LocaModa‘s tools, still in beta, seems to work well for our needs. I can also imagine using this in a classroom where students had access to BYOD or 1:1 laptops. Until the SMS portion becomes clear to me – not a tool for that situation.

They do plan to include several more tools and account levels. This app has a lot of potential integrating twitter, texting, web to screen, email, foursquare, and other tools. They also appear to be planning educational pricing. I hope their moderation tools come on the free to low price-point since I imagine having the ability to delete or block certain messages will be important in many school buildings.

Not quite as useful as the previous tool but has potential since the SMS capabilities are already working.

Text the Mob looks interesting as well. The ability to get real time feedback has been a desire of mine since I started teaching at the community college level. This apps provides for that need with fairly simple packaging. On the downside – free accounts have a limited number of questions.

 

If you know of similar apps please share them in the comments. I would love to find the perfect tool…

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Known both as Ru (or as the title suggests, Ru Ru the Ruiner), Rurik studies ways games can designed to improve society, especially in the realm of education.