Poll Everywhere

Getting student feedback is essential in helping a teacher know how the class is progressing. Polls and surveys increase the likelihood of getting honest answers and greater participation from the class. And, with technology that simplifies the process, polls and surveys can be an integral part of an educator’s lesson plan. Just in Time Teaching is a teaching and learning strategy designed to promote the use of class time for more active and engaged learning. This strategy relies on a feedback loop between instructor and student that identifies gaps in student retention and/or comprehension. Using Poll Everywhere, instructors can ask questions, and students can answer anonymously in real-time using a mobile device. Based on student responses, instructors can then identify gaps in comprehension and adapt the lesson as needed. 

Loyalist College subscribes to an institutional license. To be added to the Poll Everywhere license please contact CATL

Registering your account on Poll Everywhere

Step 1. Email CATL to be added to Loyalist’s PollEverywhere account.

Step 2. You will receive an invitation email from PollEverywhere, to accept the invitation (to be added to Loyalist’s account), click on the link provided in the email.

Step 3. Fill in the required fields in the registration form: Full Name, Email, Password, and Country.

Step 4. Click Sign up for my Poll Everywhere account. You are now ready to create polls. 

Polling Students

Just-in-Time Teaching is a teaching and learning strategy designed to promote the use of class time for more active and engaged learning. This strategy relies on a feedback loop between instructor and student that identifies gaps in student retention and/or comprehension.

Using PollEverywhere, instructors can ask questions, and students can answer anonymously in real-time using a mobile device. Based on student responses, instructors can then identify gaps in comprehension, and adapt the lesson as needed.

Types of Polls (Questions)

Poll Everywhere offers the following types of polls (questions).

• Multiple Choice

• Open-Ended

• Clickable Image

• Ranking

• Q&A / Brainstorm

Multiple-choice polls: The audience chooses from the response options you provide (including, for example a choice of either true or false.) You can also upload images to serve as response options.

Open-ended polls: The audience responds freely to the poll, with anything they wish. Open-ended poll responses can be displayed in a variety of ways, including a live Word Cloud, Text Wall, Cluster, and Ticker.

Display options with open-ended questions.

  • Live Word Cloud: If more than one of the same response is given, the size of the response wording is increased to signify that more than one student has responded with that same answer. For instance, in the image below “Uber Strength” is the popular response.
  • Text Wall: All responses are listed in the order that they are received.
  • Cluster: All responses are displayed individually, but rather than displaying in a list, they display clustered across the screen.
  • Ticker: Responses run across the middle of the display similar to a ticker tape that displays at the bottom of a news show.

 

Clickable image polls: The audience clicks on a specified region of an image to vote.

Ranking: Ranking polls allows student to rank the order of provided answers.

The following video describes the different types of polls you can create for your students. 

Step 1: To create your first poll, click on the New Activity button.

Step 2: Type in your question.

Step 3. Select the type of poll. Poll Everywhere offers several different poll types including multiple choice, open-ended response, clickable image, Q&A/brainstorm and ranking polls.

• For open-ended polls, select how you would like your audience’s responses to be visualized.

• For multiple choice polls or true/false polls, type in your response options. You can also upload images as response options.

• For clickable image polls, upload the image you would like to use as your poll. You can define clickable regions to be counted for grading and reporting purposes.

Step 4. Click on the Create button to create the poll.