Voting Devices (or Personal Response Systems -
It could be argued that Voting Devices have replaced the "Lamha Suas" with the "Méara Síos"! (David Kearney, March 2009)
Eight Products that I have come across (presented in random order!) ...and I think we should add in the Virtual Voters also!
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First Type: Promethean:
Read about it at
Note: Activote is intergrated within ActivInspire software, but it can be used with any interactive whiteboard.
The cost per set of ActiVotes, which consists of 32 individual voting pods, had been €3,449 (incl VAT)
Second Type: Qwizdom
Read about it at http://www.qwizdom.co.uk/
It can be bought via Tesco Tokens!
Qwizdom voting system
(eight users and one teacher)
Get immediate and individual feedback on the depth of your
learners’ understanding with the Qwizdom voting system.
• Involves the whole class.
• Dedicated teacher handset.
• With real-
fun learning games and easy authoring tools.
• Supports numeric, sequencing and multiple-
• Compatible with Easiteach v3.3.
• Three year return-
Product Update: Please note that as of March 2007 the Qwizdom Q3 Infra-
Third Type: Optivote
Read about it at http://www.optivote.com
The cost for a 32-
Fourth Type: GeneeUs from Interactive Education
Read about it at
St£ 1550 for a 32-
Fifth type: Senteo from SMART (available 1st June 2007)
Read about it at http://www2.smarttech.com
Integrated with SMART Notebook software
The Senteo interactive response system is fully compatible with Microsoft applications. Import questions from Microsoft Word, export answers to Excel spreadsheet software. Senteo also integrates with PowerPoint presentation software.
Senteo is €3200 for 24 handsets; €3950 for 32 handsets.
One contact is
Sixth Type: VerdICT
Sold under the Hitachi brand ...try http://www.interactive-
Seventh Type: iRespond
Eighth Type: Turning Point
http://www.turningtechnologies.com/" ...works nicely with PowerPoint!
Questions to ask when purchasing:
Does the unit use RF (preferably) rather than IR?
Teacher Unit and Student units?
Connects to Teacher's computer via USB?
PC, MAC, Linux versions?
Tied into Whiteboard software (or Whiteboard type)?
Works as a Stand-
Shortcut within Whiteboard Software?
Price for a Class Set ("32 Pack"), inc VAT and Delivery?
Units need AA batteries?
Can Hide individual student response?
Output to Excel?
Works with MS Office?
Integrated with PowerPoint?
Import to/from MS Office?
Can show Results of Class Response?
Can show 'awaiting response from Student Name'?