Polling as an assessment tool is extremely important as a means to discover or pre-assess what a student already knows. Teachers can use the results to structure learning and/or modify a lesson in the classroom. Teachers can use poll results to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all their students. To learn more about differentiated instruction go to Thing 16 DI and UDL.
It will be important to apply your learning of these tools by using them with a lesson you are teaching or planning on teaching shortly.
There are numerous online tools available for polling. We have narrowed it down to two popular tools available for use on most classroom devices.
There are apps that can be used on computers and mobile devices, polling devices, as well as informal classroom techniques appropriate for polling students. An obvious advantage of using electronic polling software and/or devices is for the collection and analysis of the data collected.
In this section you are going to learn about two popular tools that can be used on a computer or a mobile device. They have been chosen because they are very popular, FREE and reliable.
a. Poll Everywhere is a website where teachers can create a poll one question at a time. Questions can be created on the fly or ahead of time. Results are instant and are anonymous. They will show up in graph form and can be embedded into a presentation application such as PowerPoint. For detailed instructions on how to use this resource go to Quickstart tutorial and/or this video tutorial. The teacher will need a display device to show the questions and codes to the audience (students, peers, parents) on a large monitor or screen. Some of the types of polls available are: free response, multiple choice, true or false, clickable image, Q&A, and foreign language polls.
Students will have three ways to respond depending on the device they use:
1. If on a computer, the teacher will give them a url and they will be able to respond through their internet browser.
2. If they are on a device that allows text messaging, they will be able to type in a code and then answer the poll question.
3. If the students and teacher have twitter accounts, the poll can be answered by answering a tweet and using an auto-generated code for each response.
b. Kahoot! is a website mainly used as a quiz creation tool, but there is an option for poll questions. Your target audience can use any device to answer the poll questions which can be typed in on the fly or created ahead of time. There are an unlimited number of questions that can be typed in by a teacher. The teacher will need a display device to show the questions to their audience on a large monitor or screen. They will only be able to answer on their device and will see a square like this. They are to click on the box that corresponds with the correct answer.
A graph of results is projected as they answer the poll.
note- a powerful aspect of Kahoot is that you can add images and video to your survey
2. Choose the tool above that works best for your setting and create at least one poll with 2-3 questions to use with your audience (students, peers, parents).
3. Poll your audience (students, peers, parents) to assess pre-knowledge on a topic or lesson.
4. Share the poll questions and graph of the results in your shared assessment document with your instructor.
Next move on to Progress Monitoring
Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:
- Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity b,c;
- Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a, b, c, d;
- Model Digital Age Work and Learning a,b,c
- Setting Objectives/Providing Feedback;
- Generating & Testing Hypotheses;
- Identifying Similarities & Differences