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Polls with images, equations and more

March 23, 2012

Clicker systems let you pose a question and have students respond with a device that looks like a TV remote. A number of websites provide an alternative that lets students respond with a cell phone or laptop. Notre Dame encourages faculty to use the web solution Poll Everywhere, but either technology enables many strategies for engaging students.

This week Poll Everywhere announced a new feature: voting on images. You could already edit a poll’s visual settings to include a logo or background image, but now you can use an image as an option in a multiple choice poll — either by uploading a file or by linking to a web image. They also added full LaTeX support so you can add equations. Click below to try two lighthearted sample polls (the first 30 can reply, but visitors after that should still see results).

Van Buren poll image      equations poll image

I must not have been paying attention when Poll Everywhere released “Mac Presenter” last summer – nor again in December when they updated it. The application lets you embed polls in PowerPoint or Keynote, and the update lets you create ad-hoc polls without visiting the Poll Everywhere website. Now Mac Presenter also floats on top of Keynote or PowerPoint. The video below provides much more detail.

In the classroom

How can a professor most effectively use clickers and polling sites in a course? The expert on that topic is Derek Bruff at Vanderbilt. He recently shared a presentation, Teaching with Clickers for Deep Learning, and there’s much more in his book — Teaching with Classroom Response Systems (at Notre Dame, the Kaneb Center library has a copy).

Learn more about updates to Poll Everywhere in their blog:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2012 1:30 pm

    Reblogged this on teachingandlearningatmsu and commented:
    For those interested in instantly gauging student understanding of concepts, polling for student opinions and perspectives on issues raised through discussion, or just curious on how you might integrate this in your teaching practice, check out these new tools.

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