Getting started

You may have had previous experience with clickers or other audience response systems (ARS). The great thing about Poll Everywhere is that you can engage your classroom or meeting from anywhere without clunky and easy-to-forget hardware– and with a device most people have at all times. You’ll be asking your students to use their phones, tablets, or laptops to respond to activities that you present. The results appear live on the display or shared screen. You can use this tool to quiz your class, discuss the results, and use that insight to guide the classroom discussion or curriculum as you move forward through your presentation.

Especially in a virtual classroom, unmuting and speaking up can be intimidating for anyone. Holding the attention of bored or disinterested students is a challenge. So is the ongoing, tug-of-war effort to get quiet students to contribute in class. Conversation has the power to engage everyone, even a restless group of students, but it’s not always easy to have a productive conversation in the classroom setting.

Real-time interaction allows you to transform one-way lectures into two-way conversations, instantly. In the time it would take one student to raise a hand and respond, live activities allow you to hear from every student in class, and then tailor instruction to their needs. Project responses on a screen during class, and this low-pressure way of getting everyone to contribute also makes students feel empowered.

User guides for step-by step instructions:

A weekly interactive lesson on the basics of how to create an activity, customize activities, and insert the slides into Powerpoint. Every Thursday at 11 am PST/1 pm EST: