Poll Everywhere: Tech Tuesday

Last week, I made a pleasant comment about cell phone use (or non-use) in schools.  It seems, even in the 21st century, these little handheld, microcomputers filled with a zillion cool apps has no place in education.

Sigh.

Why not harness the power of cell phone use in your classroom for educational purposes?  Poll Everywhere might be a step in this direction.


Poll Everywhere is free (for up to 30 participants a poll) and oh-so-easy to set-up.  When you visit Poll Everywhere, you choose from three polling options:
  1. Multiple choice - You ask a question and provide the answers for participants to choose from.
  2. Free text poll - You pose a question and then participants can text in any answer they want.
  3. Goal poll - Participants text in numbers and a visual thermometer shows how steadily your group is reaching their goal (I have not found a use for this type of poll in my classes, yet).  Maybe to track how many candles your class has sold for fundraising?
My favorite option is the multiple choice poll because I can preset the responses.  Let's play with it below.  I have enabled multiple ways to respond to this poll (just in case some of you don't have a cell phone). 
  • To text in your answer, text a code to the phone number 22333 (yes, I know....this phone number only has five digits). 
  • To tweet your answer, tweet to @ poll + a code 
  • To use a computer, go to http://poll4.com/ and input your code.  The question and codes are down below.


Answer this question:  Which genre of blog posts on Upcycled Education is your favorite? 

Answer choices - Only submit the numerical portion of the code:

179062:  Tech Tuesdays (where I highlight interested web-based tools)
179063:  Bonus Wednesdays (these posts usually contain teaching strategies and ideas)
179064:  Theories on Thursday (where I highlight and explain a theory or concept)

Go text in (or tweet or use your computer) to submit your answer.  Remember, you are only submitting the numerical code - not letters or words.  Since this poll can only accommodate 30 users, if you try and submit your response and it doesn't let you, we've probably hit our max.

Play with Poll Everywhere yourself.  Some of you might also want to try Wiffiti - it is another free, cell phone polling tool that is popular at concerts and nightclubs I've been told by my college students. 

I'm a Poll Everywhere gal, myself.

Best,
Jen



2 comments:

  1. Anamika told me about this just last week. When I told my kids they could have their cell phone out for 10 seconds today to do a multi step multiplication problem, they went nuts and scrambled for their phones. This is such a perfect website to promote student investmen--by keeping up with the technology and feeding their desire to get on their phones. My only issues are...hiding the phones in case an administrator walks in and letting the kids think it's okay to text or be on their phone when we aren't actually using Poll Everywhere. I'm going to try it after spring break and I'll report back.

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  2. Jenna - Instead of hiding the cell phones, why don't you ask if you can pilot using them in a structured way? Pilot for a couple of weeks and then report back to your administrators.

    Or go for the ole' "Better to ask for forgiveness than permission" motto.

    I would try the first.

    Jen

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