Poll Everywhere is an excellent tool for polling or surveying students during class, and it’s a great alternative to clickers. It’s such a versatile and popular tool that we have a campus license at College of Charleston, which makes it free for instructors to use and makes it possible to poll large classes. Contact your instructional technologist, or email TLT@cofc.edu, to be add to our account. See our tutorials at http://blogs.cofc.edu/tlttutorials/2013/09/10/poll-everywhere/.
Recently, Poll Everywhere has been updating their polling features and user interface. These changes are pretty exciting as they allow even more flexibility and creative uses for polling students, and this can translate into a more engaging presentation for instructors. If you are uncomfortable with utilizing these changes at the beginning of the semester, Poll Everywhere is allowing users to switch back to the “old” Poll Everywhere until February. Check back here for updates to our Poll Everywhere Tutorials in February!
During the intervening time, you can still use our existing tutorials to navigate the “old” Poll Everywhere, or you can experiment with the new features on your own. Here are some of the new features to explore:
1. New image possibilities. You can still add images to the options of a multiple choice question, but now you can also add a custom background image or logo image. This means you can take a screen capture of an existing quiz question with symbols, characters, or diagrams and import that image into Poll Everywhere. Another potentially useful option is the clickable image poll. You can ask students to click on an image to identify a specific feature, location, or structure. The click locations can then be displayed for the entire class. You can even mark a region as “correct” on an image.
Find out more about using clickable images at http://www.polleverywhere.com/blog/clickable-image-polls/
Find out more about the other types of image options and how to use them at http://www.polleverywhere.com/blog/can-add-images-polls-yall-thats/
2. New interface with test panel. If you have been using Poll Everywhere recently, you will immediately notice a new interface once you switch over from the “old” Poll Everywhere. There is now a built in test panel to see and try out the student experience before launching a poll during class. It includes both a mobile device view and a browser view.
Find out more about this at http://www.polleverywhere.com/blog/welcome-to-the-new-poll-everywhere/
3. Easier text responses. Now it is easier for students to respond more than once to polls on mobile devices. If you activate a multiple choice poll that is set to allow multiple responses or answers, users can text in “A, B, C” all in one text instead of in separate texts.
Find out more about this at http://www.polleverywhere.com/blog/new-feature-many-answers-one-text/
4. Beta version. Check out the beta experience to experiment with drag and drop ranking polls and discourse polls. With the drag and drop polls, students can arrange a set of provided answers if they are accessing Poll Everywhere in their browsers. The new discourse polls make it possible for students to up- or down-vote student responses. After logging in to your Poll Everywhere account, you can turn on the beta version by going to “Settings”, clicking on “Labs”, selecting “Join Beta”, and clicking on the “Apply Lab Settings” button. Be aware that Beta may change without warning.
5. Boundless Question Integration. Poll Everywhere has integrated a cloud-based resource with questions available for assessment across multiple disciplines.
Find out how to access this feature at http://www.polleverywhere.com/blog/new-boundless-integration/