Teacher Review For Poll Everywhere

Peer instruction 101. Easy to get started with, brings lectures to life.

Szymon M.
Classroom teacher
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
I use polleverywhere.com to introduce gaming theory and encourage participation in my face to face lectures. First, I create a study sheet, a printout, of specific questions. Each questions has answers A, B, C, D. I let the students work in groups of 2-4 members and figure out one question at a time. At least one person in the group needs to have a phone (smart or with texting, or a laptop). Each team posts their answer. Next, we discuss why the specific answer is correct and why students chose a different answer. This encourages collaboration and keeps students awake!

Another use is with simple questions like: Should I continue? Is everything clear?

Yet another use is with the word cloud setting of the system. Students can text in or type in words or sentences. I may ask, "What would you like to learn in this course?" as an ice breaker in an early class. I may ask later on, "What specifically would you like me to include in our class discussion on the subject of Internet security?" The largest words in the word cloud are the most repeated ideas.
My Take
The pedagogy of peer instruction and "clickers" is now well established through research. This tool allows you to introduce peer instructions in the classroom without any cost. Up to 40 student classes run for free. This tool has many features and I love it.