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.
I just found out our school ordered a document camera. I was unnaturally excited. Why? Because now I could use children’s books in my classes AND share the images with my students.
Document cameras are better than the camera on your laptop (bottom right image) because they do not reverse the image being projected. Words appear the same on the screen as they do “in real life.”
Some ways I might use this tool:
- Share fragile primary sources with the whole class
- Share small group work ideas generated on paper with the class.
- Get instant huge versions of maps, figures or images from the textbook. This allows for the option to annotate on the Smartboard.
- Show information from Smartphone.
- Bring in “mystery” object, students guess its use
- Score classroom games
- Model proper note taking techniques
Here’s a PDF document with some more ideas. useyourdoccamera
IPEVO, one brand of document camera, suggests a host of activities one can do with the benefit of LIVE camera. 50 Ideas for the Educator
More ideas for the Document Camera
Got one you can use? Download the software.
The Ministry of Education has created a variety of lessons and ideas relating to literacy. The whole series is available online. Their approach looks at reading, writing and oral strategies for developing skills in understanding all types of text.
Here is the resource for Gr 10 History (WW2) and Civics.
There’s also a resource for 7/8 History.
I don’t pin*, but some of my closest friends do (Bronwyn or JenGilpin). They guarantee me that this is a brilliant way to share ideas visually. These two ladies also happen to be kindergarten teachers.
I stumbled across this great board for teachers. There doesn’t seem to be a lot for high school aged students, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t adjust some of these fantastic ideas for their lessons. Heck, many of these ideas could be just as effective in a grade 3 room as they would in a grade 10 History room.
Here are some of my favourites and how I might use them.
1. Classroom management
This would be really great for 7 and 8s. They may be able to ‘earn back’ letters before they have to wait x minutes after the bell.
2. Building new groups. I have students line up in different orders and then count them off in smaller groups.
3. Oral Assessments/Questioning
4. Literacy and Communication using evidence
Young historians or applied level students would love using a giant venn diagram on the ground to compare periods of time or experiences of different Canadians.
6. Building Relevance
Students often struggle making connections between History and their own lives. Sometimes, it’s easier for them to connect to non-personal things AND this still demonstrates their ability apply ideas. Consider tweaking this anchor chart for the history classroom.
* I’ll admit I started an account whilst researching this post. I’m pinning. *