Poll everywhere


Posted on December 21, 2011. Filed under: Poll everywhere |



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I had the pleasure of speaking with five high school classes yesterday about careers in early childhood education. My presentation included polleverywhere, which was a huge hit with the students. To quote one student, “This is really cool, I wish we could use this in all our classes.”

Polleverywhere.com is a website for live polling. To put it simply, you ask a question, your audience answers using mobile phones, twitter or web browser. Responses are displayed live in keynote, PowerPoint or the web. When you make a poll you decide what type of question you want to ask, you can ask either a multiple choice or open ended question. You are in control of the poll, you decide when to start the poll and when to stop and how your students can respond. Text moderation let’s you prevent abuse or undesirable answers before they are displayed on the screen. Students can watch their responses in real time. Charts update as responses are received. You can change the theme, color, and background and insert the poll in your PowerPoint presentation or your blog.

You can now use Poll Everywhere as a student response system. Just setup questions with one or more correct answers. This lets Poll Everywhere know how to grade responses as they are received.Your students will then answer the question, and the correct answer will be revealed. The chart will also indicate the distribution of answers which will allow you to check comprehension and reteach where necessary. As with most websites there are additional fees for these services. I have only used the features that allow me to use the website for free. The free version allows you 30 responses.

If you would like to learn more about using Poll Everywhere in the classroom you may want to watch this video.

Happy Polling!

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