LDT Online: Poll Everywhere
David Rose earned this badge on Oct 1, 2017
Poll Everywhere is an online voting tool that allows responses from audience members in a class, presentation, conference, etc to be gathered and analyzed in real time. These polls can be responded to by participants via text messaging or website from various locations.
Poll Everywhere as a tool
Reflect on the various ways that Poll Everywhere could be used in the educational, training, or personal learning environments. From your selected perspective, describe two different examples where Poll Everywhere could be integrated and used. In both cases, explain why Poll Everywhere could positively impact learning.
Use the open text area to submit your reflective response. As a suggestion, you may want to first compose your response in a word processed document, check for all editing that needs to be completed, save your response so that you can access it later, if needed, and then copy and paste your response in the open text area for this challenge.
1. In a classroom setting, Poll Everywhere could used as “exit cards.” Exit cards provide a great way for instructors to gather quick thoughts from learners on the day’s lesson just before they head out the door. You could ask them content based questions such as, “what are three things you learned today,” or emotional questions like, “how do you feel after leaving class today?” Poll Everywhere supports open ended questions like this. You could also do this in the form of a multiple choice question -- e.g. “Today’s lesson left me feeling: A) more knowledgable B) confused C) tired D) empowered. The instructor then uses this information to improve the next class.
2. Poll Everywhere could also be used to start debates or conversations. The instructor poses two answer options to a questions, students vote on which answer they agree with, and then the instructor flips it by making students defend an option they didn’t vote for. This could work particularly well with divise topics like politics. Civil discourse is an important skill for students to learn, and Poll Everywhere can aid in that.
Using Poll Everywhere
Step-by-step instructions for completing this challenge
- Review these Poll Everywhere tutorials
- Go to the Poll Everywhere website to get started
- Complete each of the following*:
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen and sign up for your free account
- Select one of the following topics for your polls: digital literacy, Creative Commons, or distance education. *In the Poll Everywhere vocabulary, each poll question is an individual poll. For this challenge you will be creating 5 polls/ 5 poll questions under the same umbrella topic.
- Create your polls
- The first question should be introductory to encourage participation and allow your audience to learn how they respond to questions (e.g., “What is your favorite food?”, “Where would you like to go on vacation?”). Though it should be engaging, it still needs to be on topic. It can be any format.
- Create 4 additional poll questions- 1 multiple choice, 1 open response, and 1 clickable image poll with defined regions. You are free to choose the format of your final question. *Note: When you create a poll with a clickable image, the poll can only be responded to when the participant is logged in the specific site online. This means that someone responding over text cannot answer this question.
- When you finish writing your questions, select ‘Create’
- Go to the Polls page (top left of the screen) and put your questions into a single group. Give your poll group an appropriate name. Take a screenshot of the Polls page showing your 5 grouped polls.
- For each question, set the maximum number of responses per student to 1. To do this, select the question, then select ‘1. Edit,’ then ‘Response settings.’ Enter ‘1’ in the space provided. Do this for all the questions individually. You can also do this for all the questions at once by selecting the group, selecting ‘Edit’ at the top of the page, and then filling in ‘1’ under the ‘Responses’ heading.
- In settings, change how long your polls will stick around after you publish them to 1 week. Take a screenshot of this setting.
- Customize the appearance of your polls, ensuring that they look professional and appealing. You can do this by clicking on a question, selecting the paintbrush icon, and then making the desired changes. Be sure to change at least one font and one color scheme.
- One by one, activate your poll questions and respond to each question at least twice. Since you have set the maximum number of responses per student to 1 and because we want multiple-person data, respond on 2 separate devices.
- Download the PollEv Presenter App
- Open PowerPoint. Open the PollEv Presenter App, select the polls in your group, and download each of your polls as a PowerPoint slide by clicking ‘Insert polls.’
- Change to Slide Show View. View your slides by clicking on the arrows in the bottom left of the screen.
- Save your PowerPoint and attach it to this challenge.
- Attach the screenshot of the Polls page showing your 5 grouped polls.
- Attach the screenshot of your settings (maximum number of responses per student is 1).
* This list of tasks was adapted from the work of R. West, D. Randall (2014) and their colleagues at Brigham Young University (iptedtec.org). Permission was granted for the use of this list of tasks.
Criteria for successful completion of this challenge
Deliverables have been uploaded in the appropriate format, with all the required items described (see below), and are fully accessible by the grader.
Deliverables for this challenge
- Screenshot of the Polls page showing your 5 grouped polls
- Screenshot of your settings showing that you’ve set the maximum number of responses per student to 1
- PowerPoint displaying your polls and the data collected from your answers
Your poll must:
- Contain 5 questions
- The subject of the questions is either digital literacy, Creative Commons, or distance education
- Questions are grouped and group has an appropriate name
- The first question is introductory and engaging but still on topic
- At least 1 multiple choice question
- At least 1 open ended question
- At least 1 clickable image question with defined regions
- The color scheme of at least 1 question has been altered
- The font of at least 1 question has been altered
- Your poll group is set to remain published for 1 week
NOTE: If you don't know what a screenshot is or how to create one, then click on the following links. You will quickly find a variety of uses for this easy to use feature.