Teacher Review For Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere: Easy formative assessment. Easy class feedback.

Eric W.
Classroom teacher
West Ottawa High School Campus
Holland, MI
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 1
Support 1
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Practice
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
Poll Everywhere allows students to answer short questions or to provide feedback. I use mainly to gather data from my students. I pose a question and project a set of numbers on my screen (writing them on a board would work too). Students text a series of digits to the specified number to cast their vote. Any phone with texting capabilities works. No need for special clickers, smart phones, or laptops. Students can vote from a friends phone or from a classroom computer if necessary. I use Poll Everywhere to give students voice in our classroom. They vote on the structure of our day, the way we will organize our learning, etc. I also use it to have them vote for their favorite stories. I also use this to gauge their understanding. It can work as an anonymous quiz to see how many students "get it."
My Take
I love this tool because it is so easy to use. I also love that students don't need smart phones, iPads, etc. Almost all of my students can send a text, and it takes no time at all. Poll Everywhere will also create a simple bar graph of the results, so it's easy to see where students get it and don't get it.