As we have previously written (August 2015), Poll Everywhere provides “free” polling to educators, which allows you to poll up to 40 students at one time. It only takes a few minutes to set up a poll and students can respond to your poll in numerous ways, including by texting from their cell phones. But now you have the capability to create Student Competitions within Poll Everywhere. When you create multiple choice questions in Poll Everywhere, you now have the option for the students to play for points. You determine the number of questions to include in the Competition and the students respond from their devices. Points are earned for correct answers and for how quickly they submit their answer. The leaderboard is updated after each question, which creates competitiveness and excitement in the classroom. You can have students compete individually or in teams. Typically, Cathy and I prefer utilizing a team environment within the classroom, which avoids having students being left out if they do not have a device with them to submit their answer.
This is a great way to introduce gamification into your curriculum. Cathy and I use Poll Everywhere for first day of class activities, in-class exam reviews, homework responses and ethic case responses (to name a few). Poll Everywhere has increased student engagement and classroom attendance within our courses.
For more information on how to use this “free” resource, go to the link below and watch the “Introducing Poll Everywhere Competitions” video for a quick demonstration: https://www.polleverywhere.com/competitions
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