I’m using my iPad to present the key points at the start of each class, and yesterday I wanted to ask some interactive clicker-type questions with Poll Everywhere, like I had done last fall. Students could submit responses via text message, but I immediately ran into a problem with students trying to respond via the web. The short URL was loading, but indicating that there was no active poll for them to respond to. I didn’t realize that in order to accept responses over the web you need to be running the questions from a computer with Flash. Their FAQ seems to assume this, at least, so I figured I was out of luck with the iPad.
Then I stumbled upon a blog post on their site announcing their new Mobile Presenter Tools, which perfectly solves the problem. It allows you to fully control the polling process from a tablet or smartphone just by going to a presenter web page. Here you can create new polls, stop and start polls, and push polls to my short URL page. This is exactly what I needed, and I’m looking forward to trying it tomorrow in class. My only suggestion for them is to add this somewhere on their FAQ page so it’s more easily discovered.