Poll Everywhere

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Live lecturers, especially those presenting in larger venues, often want to engage their respective audiences. They may ask questions and ask for responses by a show of hands.

A more sophisticated approach today involves using so-called classroom response systems or clickers, which students can use to respond to multiple-choice questions or to let their instructors know how clearly an idea was conveyed or an experiment or demonstration was explained.

An even more recent option involves the uses of Web-enabled mobile devices: laptops, smart phones, personal digital assistants, iPads, and others.

Poll Everywhere enables voting on pre-made surveys and polls but also allows short message service (SMS) texting of responses, all of which may be collected and displayed on the Web through widgets…and collected into reports, which the poll owners may use for information collection.



This technology is an inclusive technology that does not require additional purchases of extra proprietary equipment for live polling. This software uses a basic interface for creating the polls from their website. People are given a number that sends SMS messages to Poll Everywhere and a voting keyword (or key numbers)…that have to be included at the front of the posted message. That keyword routes the vote or the short text message to the particular poll, which is then displayed to the poll’s website live or to the PowerPoint slideshow.

This tool has been used to vote on an issue; provide feedback, comments, or questions, to a presenter; participate in interactive signage; brainstorm ideas synchronously; participate in silent auctions, and provide running commentary.


A Simple Overview

The Poll Everywhere site shows how a facilitator may create a poll, push it out to the audience, show results, and generate reports from the results.



A poll’s look-and-feel may be changed in terms of the background, the colors, font sizes, and logos.



Responding via Mobile Device, Twitter, or Website

Participants do not have to be logged in to provide comments. They just need to post the number of the short code (22333) and then the 5-digit number of the poll response they want to share…or the text message they want to share along with the voting keyword identifier (for the specific poll).

Voters may vote using the embeddable voting widget on the poll’s web page. People may use Twitter to respond. A web browser may also be used

http://www.polleverywhere.com/vote http://www.poll4.com

Respondents will not be charged by Polls Everywhere for their text responses, but their text message providers may include charges depending on the numbers of texts that they send from their particular devices.

TXT Wall

Visitors to the site may experiment with the so-called TXT Wall.


A simple posting on the left results in the message at the right.



The pricing model is based on the sizes of the audience. Those in higher education have access to special tiered pricing. The most recent posting on their site shows a free cost for a class size of 32 with an unlimited number of classrooms possible.

An individual instructor with a class size of 400 responses per poll may pay $399 a semester or $699 a year. There are options for pilot programs and even for university-wide uses.

The paid plans include additional perks in terms of multi-poll reporting, response moderation (presenter approval of what is displayed on-screen); the choosing of custom keywords of 4 characters or more to describe the poll; the uses of student rosters (results by student, privacy controls, the uses of multiple devices), and technical support (FAQs, email, and Tier 2 support). There are special pricing supports for those who have one-time needs.



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