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With $1.4M In Tow, Celly Launches On iOS To Let Anyone Create An Instant Mobile Social Network
"Once upon a time, the pinnacle of social networking was the ability to connect with former classmates and share what your cat had for breakfast. Today, the requirements for social networking have evolved and are more immediate."
Meet the Startup: Dialing up Celly
"For a social application to be truly social, it has to be accessible to all kinds of folks—not just owners of the latest smart phone. That’s what makes Celly shine. With a low barrier to entry and any number of ways to use the service, this Portland startup has managed to make building small curated social networks drop dead simple."
Portland startup Celly enters competitive social networking space via text message
"Founded by Russell Okamoto and Greg Passmore, the 19-month-old Portland company is already being used by thousands of organizations nationwide. Public schools in every state, for example, private businesses, city governments, and nonprofits, as well as some in the Occupy Movement."
In crowded group texting space, Celly pitches 'a private version of Twitter'
"Celly offers additional functionality including polls, voice alerts, web alerts, a searchable archive, and a hashtag-esque feature called "hashlinks," and there are even more features available through its newly-released Android app. But its most basic function — sending a message to a large, mobile group — is what makes it popular."
Celly expands beyond Occupy Movement to improve student-teacher communication
"Using Celly, organizations can spontaneously create private, mobile social networks to communicate, collaborate, and share information using group messages, polls, reminders, voice alerts, notes and real-time feed tracking. The free Celly service powers over 20,000 “cells” in schools, homes, local governments, community groups and neighborhood associations, event planners, teams and clubs, businesses, and the national and local Occupy Movements."
Texting 1, 2, 3: Schools Test ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ Programs
"As protesters took to the streets yesterday to protest the inequality of wealth, two computer scientists in Portland, Oregon are protesting the inequality of resources in schools."
Top 10 Ed-Tech Startups of 2011
"Here's the thing: the technology matters. I mean, it matters in general. Yes of course. But when it comes to ed-tech, damn, I think we should set our standards pretty high. And frankly, we need to be better about looking under the hood, if you will, of the tools we adopt."
Celly and the Common Core Standards
"I wanted to outline the connections I can make to the Common Core Standards (CCSS) with Celly. Below I have chosen three strands from the CCSS that I use with Celly. Each strand is followed by what I do in my classroom and what I hope my students take away from it."
Celly: A Mass-Text Social Network for the Occupy Wall Street Movement
"At 1:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Betabeat received a text message. “URGENT: Hundreds of police mobilizing around Zuccotti. Eviction in progress!” We have no idea who was behind the missive, but it was the first news alert we got about the eviction—the text came in even before we saw it on Twitter."
Class, Turn On Your Cell Phones: It’s Time to Text
"Classrooms can use the service to take quick polls and quizzes, filter messages, get news updates, take notes, and organize group study — all in real time."
Texting in the Classroom: Not Just a Distraction
"The assumption is, of course, that this SMS communication is always off-topic. But a variety of new tools have been released recently that are tapping into the popularity of texting and the ubiquity of cellphones and are demonstrating that these can, in fact, be used for educational purposes"
Keyword Texting! New Free Web Resources for Teachers
"You can have the group members send messages back to the teacher only! In addition your texting channel can be public or private! All messages are archived in Cel.ly! You can send messages via the Cel.ly website or via phone. It works quickly and easily!"
Text your Class with Celly
"I am extremely impressed with the results of this program. The past two weeks of school students have texted me about assignments and asked questions about the class. I think communication is a wonderful thing in education. Cel.ly [is] encouraging more communication with my students and it is making my classroom a better place. Thanks Cel.ly"
Celly makes texting a learning tool
"Brief synopsis: Celly is an amazing group text messaging application that allows administrators to set up secure "cells" for group text discussions. Benefits: Allows teachers to empower students to learn, using the technology they want to use -- their mobile devices and text messaging."
Make Texting a Positive in School with Celly
"I created a group for each of my two classes to serve as a reminder for assignments. I also created a cell group for my club. The security settings for the club is “open” so that any member in the club can text the club. My class is a “closed” cell, meaning that I am the only one who can text the entire class. My students can text me if they have a question. The best part is they do not have my real cell number and it is a controlled environment in that Celly keeps a record of every message placed. It is definitely on my top ten list of FREE applications to try this school year."