Friday, November 13, 2009

Student Polling Website

Interested in finding an efficient way to elicit student opinion? Try PollEverywhere, a website service that allows you to poll student responses live through the use of their personal cell phones. It is a free service if you allow only 30 responses, and you can pay a fee if you would like to receive more. I find it to be extremely useful in the classroom, as all students are allowed to express their opinions honestly and anonymously. Just simply create a poll questions of your choice and the results flash live on the screen. My students really enjoy watching the percentages change as the texts are received. I have an extremely opinionated student and this program allows him to see that there are other valuable opinions amongst his classmates. If your school has a strict cell phone policy you can just instruct them to put their phones away right after they have cast their opinion.

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