Appy Monday – Poll Everywhere

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What is Poll Everywhere? 

Poll Everywhere is a tool which allows participants to respond in real-time to questions posed by the presenter within a presentation. Participants can respond using a laptop, mobile device (tablet, smartphone) or via text, with results being displayed live on screen if needed.

Introducing Poll Everywhere from Poll Everywhere on Vimeo.

What can it do? 

  • Pose different types of questions such as multiple choice, free response, true or false, clickable image or brainstorm poll.
  • Receive responses from your audience (40 per poll for the free version).
  • View the results in real-time.
  • Results can be displayed in a variety of ways including bar charts and word clouds.
  • There is an add-in so you can use Poll Everywhere in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides.

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How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • To check understanding of teaching content within a live session.
  • Gain instant feedback from students during a live session on their learning experiences.
  • Encourage reflection around the topics covered within a session.
  • Ask students to discuss their answers in pairs before revealing the correct response.

More ideas can be found in this useful guide from UWL: 8 ways to use Poll Everywhere in your teaching

Short task: 

  • Download the app
  • Open the app and tab I’m participating
  • Join technologyen795
  • Respond to the questions within the poll
  • Look at the results from others here
  • Try signing up as a presenter and setting up your own poll

Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Poll Everywhere within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

TEL me more about…Poll Everywhere

Image from: Ciaran Roarty shared under CC BY-SA 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/cjroarty/3594979174/

Image from: Ciaran Roarty shared under CC BY-SA 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/cjroarty/3594979174/

At the last TEL me more session Keith Perch talked about his use of the tool Poll Everywhere getting students to identify keywords from their readings and collaborate to create news headlines using these words.

Poll Everywhere allows you to create a variety of question types (Multiple Choice, True False, Free response, clickable images and brainstorming poll) and pose these live to students. Students can then respond via SMS message, a website or the app and the results will then appear live on the screen. This can be done on the website, in Google slides (via a Google Chrome extension) or within your PowerPoint presentation (although this requires the PollEV Presenter App to be installed and this is not currently available on University machines). The free version allows you to create as many polls as you want but you can only receive 25 responses per poll.

Some educational institutions have purchased a site wide license for Poll Everywhere which allows them access to tools which can provide reports, grading, moderation options and even team competitions. Here is an example from the University of West London where a lecturer has been using Poll Everywhere to enhance lecture sessions on teaching sessions about research methods. Jayne Morgan from City University London has also used it during an UG Diagnostic Radiography programme. As it is science based a lot of explanation is required but with a large cohort of 60, it can be hard to see if you are losing their understanding in some cases. For this reason Poll Everywhere is used for revision after topics have been delivered in lectures. Jayne uses Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and open ended cluster questions, although she finds it is best to hide the response to MCQs initially until most have responded, otherwise students copy the answer of the majority. Cluster questions are useful as they can show wrong answers which imply misunderstandings and therefore any issues can be addressed in class. The overall impression is that students find it very useful and have asked for more.

Currently Learning Enhancement are reviewing a number of the polling tools available to investigate whether there is a need to make a tool like this available for staff to use and which of these tools provides the right features to fit the needs of learning and teaching staff here at the University.