Poll Everywhere is a student response system that is simple to set up and use and allows for student participation via mobile devices. You create polls and quizzes, and students answer multiple choice or open questions via a fast mobile-friendly web page or by sending text messages. The poll or quiz is updated in real time with their answers. Advanced uses include marking answers as correct, registering students to track achievement and using questions with clickable images. Using student response systems have proven impact in engagement, participation and achievement.
The simplicity of the tool allows you to focus on its teaching and learning potential:
Writing questions is one of the most important elements of using this tool. Ideally, questions will motivate and assess students, revealing their level of mastery of the content and factual recall, and any misconceptions and interpretations. Keep in mind that writing effective questions is different from writing exam or assignment questions. Questions that are too easy might not motivate students, who tend to see them as a waste of valuable contact time, and might give students a false sense of security about their knowledge.
A good way of avoiding these pitfalls is to use a simple methodology that is learner centred and pedagogically focused. According to Beatty, good poll questions should have a:
To write polls, start by:
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