I was recently introduced to the joys of Poll Everywhere. It was used in a presentation by Matt Brash, a technology consultant from the Ottawa Catholic Schools as a tool to engage learners in any setting. Naturally, as I started to investigate, I got more excited about the possibilities.
Essentially, it enables the user to solicit information from a crowd without specialized tools or counting hands for “yays”/”nays.” Audience members can text their ideas to a free number or use the online platform to fill out forms online.
Once you set up your polls (and you can do this anonymously & without signing up) you can present them on a projected screen (or not!). If you’re using Powerpoint for your presentation, PollEverywhere will even provide downloadable slides of each question or “Poll.”
How it Works:
How I might use it in the Classroom:
- personal survey
- feedback on an investigation
- icebreakers (include some silly questions to keep out the inevitable goofy answers)
- Image click option can be used to have students point out details in a photo
- review for a test using open ended and multiple choice answers
- gage interest in a topic
Watch this space for more ideas generated by my 2014 faculty of Ed students!
I might just use this platform more just because I like this video so much. He does have a great vest.