Optivote change their price plan for Moodle Integration (because they listened to me)

A few weeks back, I blogged about Optivote’s Moodle Integration and how this could be a very useful feature for people that have Optivote of CPS voting pads already. At the time they had worked out a price plan which was a fixed price regardless of the organisation’s size – which was OK for the big providers, but less good for the smaller ones – and in conversation with the CEO at Optivote I pointed out that this may not be the best way forward.

Well – I am pleased to find out that they have changed their pricing plan in line with my suggestion, so the plan is based on the number of people that will be using it (so doesn’t disadvantage the smaller providers as much). They have also produced a ‘bundle’ plan where you get a 3 year licence for the price of 2. This (again my suggestion) doesn’t just save money, but if there are any future capital bids out there (OK possibly unlikely at the moment, but may happen) then this cost would be considered as capital rather than revenue – so could be bid for in that light.

Optivotes full price plan can be found at

http://www.optivote.co.uk/Default.aspx?Menu=OFM&Page=3

So I hope that my conversation with the CEO at Optivote has helped the education community (a little bit) especially the smaller providers for whom this now becomes a bit more viable.

I will point out here that I have no financial interest in Optivote – so I am not trying to ‘sell’ their system here, but I am aware that there are lots of providers out there with underused sets of voting pads that have been purchased, for whom this integration could improve their use of the voting pads, and improve the use of Moodle.

Integrating Optivote Voting Systems with Moodle

There are many Colleges and schools in the country that own voting pads sets, and alas many of them sit in cupboards gathering dust as staff haven’t been given the time and support to leOptivote Handsetarn the software and to develp the activities.

However – one of the voting pad companies (Optivote) has come up with a very clever idea – to integrate their software with Moodle.

I like the idea of this for various reasons:

  • It means that a tutor has less systems to learn
  • If a student misses a session they can still partake via Moodle
  • It will encourage staff to use the Groups tools within Moodle which I think are excellent but about 90% of the people that I come across don’t use them
  • The Moodle will hopefully have all the student names already in the system in the correct class so no problem with having multiple systems, or having to export and import CSV files etc.

There is a cost associated – which for small providers may be an issue, but for medium and large organisations it works out very cheap – so for people that have lots of sets of Optivote (green voting pads) or CPS (Blue ones – previoulsy sold by eInstruction)

Here is a video showing how it looks.

http://www.optivote.com/

Using the iPadio WordPress Plugin

I have been using and demonstrating ipadio over the last year or so, as a potentially really useful tool, as it allows someone to dial a standard UK phone number from a phone, and record an audio file (or ‘phlog’ – short for phone log). This can then be later downloaded from the iPadio website, for further editing, or from the website you are given the embed code, which allows this to be embedded into a Virtual Learning Environment or similar, however wordpress (which I use to power this blog) wouldn’t allow this embed code to work, so I am quite pleased that ipadio have created a plugin to do this. An example of the output is below

Visit http://ipad.io/Kv3 to hear my latest ipadio phonecast

Or listen here:

The way that it works, is you go onto your ipadio area,where you view your phlogs there is a tab called ‘social media’ – you can then enter the details of your blog. Once you have recorded your message, it will automatically create a new entry with the audio embedded.

Now the only problem with this, is you could end up with a blog with lots of short posts just containing aduio casts, which would quickly become hard to locate information on, and wouldn’t look very attractive, and if you delete your recording on ipadio, you will then have a broken link on your blog.

So what I have done is I have set up a separate blog (that only I can view) which I send my phlogs to. Then if I want to use one on my main blog (this blog) all I need to do is go to the relevant post on the other blog, go to edit, copy the contents of the post, and then paste it into a new post on my main blog.

Although this might sound a little clumsy, if you use wordpress then you can manage multiple blogs from the same account, so once set up is quite easy to manage.

As a learning tool, I think this is brilliant for reflective practice, NVQ assessment,  etc.