WHAT IS POLL EVERYWHERE?
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WHO REVIEWED POLL EVERYWHERE?
I decided to use this resource for our Student Council election. We voted both with paper ballots and through a pilot program with Poll Everywhere. I had three 4th grade classes and one 1st grade class try the online resource. Because only 40 responses are allowed per poll, I set up a separate poll for each class and titled it with the classroom teacher’s name so we could look at the results and compare them to the paper ballots. I also created a PowerPoint slide of the paper ballot, and included the numbers for each candidate under their names. That way the students could just type in the voting number for the candidate of their choice. The 4th grade students voted on classroom laptops and the 1st grade students voted on iPads.
The kids seemed to figure the process out easily. There were a couple of kids who had a hard time using the iPads, as you had to touch a certain area to get the keyboard to appear. This caused some students to hit “enter” rather than “Submit Response,” causing a few votes not to be cast. I found it was easier for the students to understand that you type in the number for the candidate, rather than the name. The teachers who I tried this out with ahead of time didn’t understand what to do.
I have no doubt that this is a useful tool in most subjects that do not require an equation editor or even for lower level mathematics. However, my goal was to use this resource as a summarization technique. I found that it was not terribly convenient for the chapter that I was working with in mathematics (rational polynomials). Like many other resources of this type it does not have a nice equation editor and therefore makes displaying the questions and answers within the resource more difficult. I ended up typing the questions in proper form in PowerPoint to display them to the students.
This limits the potential for use. I can’t use it to assign a few homework problems and then review only those with which the majority of the students had issues without giving the students a handout to accommodate the format of the equations.
TIPS FOR CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTATION:
- When setting up the poll, you have to choose whether you want each IP address to be able to vote once or multiple times. If you are having students vote on shared computers, you must choose the multiple voting option. I did this for 3 of the polls but forgot for 2 of them. However, it was an easy fix (30 seconds) and the students were able to vote.
- Make sure you correlate the voting number to the answer options. The online poll response page doesn’t give you a visual other than a box where you type in the number. If you are texting your answer in, then you have no problem.
- Avoid using this with questions that require symbols or equations.