Teacher Review For Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere lets the students use their cell phones for good and not evil!

Dr. Elicia R.
Classroom teacher
Fort Hamilton High school
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science, Health & Wellness
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Class survey, formative assessment, exit ticket, check for understanding.
My Take
If the technology works in the classroom, then all students are engaged. I find that not all of my students have cell phones and lap tops are not always available for me to use in my classroom. They are on a laptop cart and takes 15 minutes to distribute and get online. I would tend to use it when I am doing a lesson where the computers are already open for another purpose. Even if I allow them to use their cell phones to incorporate the poll in an everyday lesson, not everyone's cell phone has internet, or a data plan, or is charged. If an administrator walks into the room they state that those students who's hardware didn't work missed out on the experience. I always have to have a paper exit ticket as a back up and it takes away from the excitement of seeing a real time poll. :(