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Tips and tools to engage the classroom in writing activities

Poll Everywhere welcomes Gloria Kopp as the guest author of this post. Long writing activities are generally relegated to homework, but there comes a time when every teacher needs to introduce them into the classroom. These activities come with their own distinct challenges. Listening to a teacher and answering questions is far more interactive than sitting and writing…. continue reading »

Interactive PowerPoint games that engage large classrooms

Hermione Granger is the worst person to have in a trivia contest. She dominates each question at the first possible instant, reducing the contest to a forgone conclusion. I’m sure we’ve all grappled with, or seen students grapple with, this scenario. It doesn’t help that most trivia games – Jeopardy, Family Feud, Millionaire – are… continue reading »

How live polling helps students ease into complex topics

I cheated on my boyfriend because our relationship had become too predictable and I needed some excitement. He never found out, and I’m not sure if I should tell him. How would you respond in this scenario? That’s what Andrew Milne wants to learn from his students at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL…. continue reading »

10 word cloud activities for the classroom

There’s something special about building a live word cloud together with your students. Word clouds can be more than a static image you prepare the night before class. They can be living, dancing pictures whose words capture students’ ideas and emotions live, in the moment. The following education word cloud examples were created using Poll… continue reading »

Poll Everywhere's guiding principles

Reflecting on the values that guide us – a rare opportunity

As a team, we haven’t been big on mission statements or sweeping pronouncements of our values. We prefer to show rather than tell. But as Poll Everywhere has grown, our ambition to change presentations has grown. Polling is increasingly being used not just by the most cutting edge professional speakers, but by everyday heroes in… continue reading »

6 word cloud examples created with a live audience

Word clouds are a clever way to reinforce key points from your presentation. They’re typically static images made up of multiple words about a single topic. The size of each word reflects its popularity or importance. Poll Everywhere builds on this idea with dynamic, interactive word cloud activities the audience can contribute to, live, during your… continue reading »