PollEverywhere

About PollEverywhere

polleverywherePollEverywhere is one of the world’s largest real-time response systems. These guys helped create the field of vote-by-texting. Their systems can handle huge audiences and display immediate results. Their customers include a list of who’s who of Fortune 1000 companies. They’re relatively new to the education field but already established a large presence with an easy-to-use tool.

PollEverywhere’s Strengths

  • Vote via website or SMS texting, WiFi not required
  • Colorful results can be displayed within PowerPoint or Keynote presentations
  • Simple setup process
  • Integrated with Canvas Learning Management System (and more on the way)

PollEverywhere’s Weaknesses

  • Designed for a different sort of audience engagement, limited classroom applications
  • Segmented data makes it difficult to track the growth of student comprehension
  • Lacks advanced features such as warnings if student performance is dropping, achievements students earn for growth, and ways to learn from students data beyond their average on a single assessment

Conclusion

When giving a large presentation during a conference or professional development session, I would turn to PollEverywhere. It’s a snap to collect a quick response from a large group in a display that’s professional and attractive. But inside my classroom, I want depth from a student response system. I want to be able to break-down assessment results and see patterns over time within the data. Automatic grading can do more harm than good if there isn’t an exchange of rich feedback to inform a student’s learning.

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Application links

Socrative
http://socrative.com (marketing)
https://m.socrative.com (v.1.0 app access)
https://beta.socrative.com (v.2.0 app access)

PollEverywhere
http://www.polleverywhere.com (marketing/app)

ExitTicket
http://exitticket.org (marketing)
http://exittix.com (app access)

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