“Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. Its the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere. It can help you to raise money by letting people pledge via text messaging. And because it works internationally with texting, web, or Twitter, its simplicity and flexibility are earning rave reviews.” - PollEverywhere.com
This web 2.o tool can enhance learning in many ways. Listed below are some of the uses that may be helpful in the classroom. Texting questions to teacher and classmates Teacher surveys Text feedback to a presenter(s) Automated attendance tracking Anonymous polls for sensitive topics Brainstorming with classmates Comprehension checks Grading in-class quizzes Class elections
The use of PollEverywhere.com addresses many of the national technology standards that are in place and deal with communication and collaboration. Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and mediab. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formatsc. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other culturesd. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems
The cost of PollEverywhere .com is very reasonable. To the right, there is a chart for the cost and the school has the power to pick which one is best for the school district.
Freemen, M., & Schneider, K. (2009). Polleverywhere.com: Turning cell phones into a tool for student engagement. Retrieved from http://www.insidetheschool.com/articlespollever ywhere-com-turning-cell-phones-into-a-tool-for- student-engagement/“we found that cell phone texting is a wonderful method for engaging the students in the discussion at hand. Moreover, we believe they enjoyed the fact that we were trying to speak to them in their language, at least occasionally. PollEverywhere.com provides instructors with an opportunity to use student texting to enhance the learning process.”
Shon, H., & Smith, L. (2011). A Review of Poll Everywhere Audience Response System. Journal Of Technology In Human Services,29(3), 236-245. doi:10.1080/15228835.2011.616475“It is very easy to use, proved to be an effective way to engage students and increase class participation, free for a class size up to 40 students, and free to students with cell phone plans with unlimited text messaging. With the vast majority of college students owning cell phones, and text messaging serving as their primary form of cell phone communication, this technology is an intuitive, cost-effective, user-friendly technology that can enhance students learning and classroom experience, and instructors effectiveness in teaching course material and assessing students command of the same by examining the results of their polls. ”
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