Poll Everywhere

Has it ever happened to anyone to receive some information and think: “I could use that!”?

Well, that has happened to me. I was introduced by a group of colleagues to www.polleverywhere.com.

I was part of an exercise where the audience in the classroom had to answer to an “uncomfortable” question on immigration. The poll was set up so that everyone with a phone could text to a number answering  just “yes” or “no”.

The exercise turned out to be anonymous and did not make anyone in the audience uncomfortable.

At that point I thought to myself: ‘Why not use it in a language classroom?” In real time!

For a “hot topic” question such as on Italian stereotypes for example. You could use it to quiz your students quckly on a difficult verb conjugation. You could set it so it becomes a “warm up” activity that opens to discussion.

It is simple enough. Signing up at www.polleverywhere.com gives the possibility to watch a 3 minute video introduction to know the varied possibilities of use and to set up a poll.

It works in three steps:1.Ask your audience a question with the Poll Everywhere app.2.Audience answers in real time using mobile phones, Twitter, or web browsers.3.See your response live on the web or in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation.

it is quite simple:When you make a poll, you choose what type of question you want to ask. You can ask people a multiple choice question or let them respond freely with any text reply.

You control when a poll is started or stopped. Stop them after you’re done to prevent additional responses.

You can choose whether a poll should allow multiple responses from the same person. Poll Everywhere can tell if their computer or cell phone number is trying to vote a second time.

I found it simple enough for me to use and I am not a technology savvy either.

If you try it out and have more inputs let me know! 

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