Teacher Review for Poll Everywhere

My Checking For Understanding Superpower

Tara W.
Media specialist/librarian
Golden Valley High School
Merced, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use this in my teaching for two primary reasons: to quickly check for understanding or to quickly gather data on student opinions. I can plan out questions for a lesson and type them into Poll Everywhere. I often use multiple choice to review a concept and open ended to ask kids to apply a concept. What works well is the quick feedback. I love that with a multiple choice question I can see how many choose each selection. I can easily see which answer distracted students and instruct on the spot. Unfortunately, Poll Everywhere is anonymous. But I require that students type their names before starting their answers, so I can provided feedback for students on their open ended responses. I love asking students at the end of the lesson to rate their understanding. If you craft your questions well, it can be an amazing tool in the classroom.
My Take
Even though it took me a little bit of time to figure out how to set it up and use it, I am firmly and likely forever Team Poll Everywhere. I prefer using the open-ended option, but I require that students start responses with their names so that I can go to a student who reveals a misunderstanding and reteach. Because all of their responses are saved on the right side of the screen, I can point to their work and discuss elements. Even though I wish I could customize the live poll view for my students a bit more, this is in no way enough of an issue to dissuade me from using this product.