This past week we used a new service that was recommended by this blog. Sign-up was super easy and we were ready to go in about 30 minutes. Poll Everywhere has tons of features such as: web voting, smartphone voting, normal text voting. You can also download slides (powerpoint & keynote) that will update live in your own sermon presentation. We didn’t have time to mess with that, so we just showed the web interface on our screen.
Getting results was super fast. It’s almost instant. We posted a question, gave the text numbers, and within a second results starting showing up live on our screen. Our students thought it was pretty cool and it was neat to use this as an illustration in our service. Poll Everywhere also has the option for interactive worship. Instead of fighting text messenging during your serivce, you should try to integrate it. We did and it was awesome!
As promised, here is my review of Apple’s remote. I used it two weeks ago during a service. Since our internal wireless network was down, I had to use our tech iMac to create a computer-to-computer wireless network. Once that was created, I was able to connect my iPhone to Keynote and run the presentation.
The interface was really nice. I was easily able to go forward (with a swipe) or backward without looking at my screen. The remote also disabled the screen lock. In general, the experience was great. I did have my computer-to-computer network go down during one of our services. For that service, our tech person had to take over my sermon from the screen. For our second hour, everything worked great. You may want to note that I didn’t use the “note” feature of Keynote. I didn’t want to look at the remote and take away from eye contact with students. Here are a several pictures of the different controls and options.
A screenshot from my "Things"
I’ve been using the beta version of “Things” for sometime. If you have a Mac, it’s a great/simple program. Things allows you to focus on what you need to focus on without any extra hassle. If provides you an “inbox” to insert ideas that come off the top of your head, a “today” feature that shows you what you need to get done today, and a section called “next.” You can schedule tasks, assign them to teammates, and tag items for easy recall. It has a system wide search feature, projects, and areas of responsibility. It even lists an area where you can put ideas/task for a future “someday” project. If you have $49.95, it’s well worth it! Things also gave everyone who beta tested a coupon that I can share with people. It’s valid until January 15th and gives you 20% off. When you purchase Things, enter the following coupon: THINGSPRESALE20
Did I mention that it syncs with a “Things” iPhone/iPod Touch program?!?!