Inserting activities using the Poll Everywhere Beta activity manager

You can present activities within presentation slides like Google Slides. This gives your audience a more streamlined presentation because you don’t have to switch back and forth between your presentation app and Poll Everywhere.

Note: Before you can insert an activity into a Google Slides presentation, you must install the Poll Everywhere add-in for the Chrome browser. You can find theinstallation steps here.

Step 1: Open Google Slides.

Step 2: Click the Poll Everywhere title on the menu bar.

Step 3: Make sure you are logged in to Poll Everywhere within the app. This is especially important if you have installed Poll Everywhere on a different computer (i.e., different than the computer you use on a day-to-day basis).

If you can see “Log in” on the Poll Everywhere menu, click on it to log in:

Poll everywhere tab, click log in

After you log in, you’ll see “Log out” on the menu instead of “Log in:”

Logout will show if logged in

Step 4: Click the cursor on the slide where you want to insert an activity.

Helpful Tip: The slide gets inserted after the slide you have selected.

Step 5: From the Poll Everywhere menu, select Insert > Activity.

Click insert, then activity

Step 6: On the Activities tab, select the folder that contains the activity to insert.

Step 7: In the folder, select the checkbox to the left of the activity you want to insert.

Click checkbox to left of desired activity

Helpful Tip: You can select more than one activity to insert at a time.

Step 8: Select “Insert slides” at the top of the screen.

Top right of window, click insert slide

After Poll Everywhere inserts the activity, you can see it in Google Slides:

Poll slide displays in slide deck

How activities are represented on slides

A few things to know when working with activities in presentation apps:

  • When an activity is first inserted, it’s represented on a slide as a placeholder image.

  • Each activity has its own slide. Competitions and survey look a bit different, and you can find some tips on using them further down in this article.

  • You can drag activity slides between slides or into other presentations, just like any normal PowerPoint slide.

  • An activity is not enabled until you switch to slide presentation mode. See more on this below…

Enabling an activity in a presentation

An activity is unavailable for response until you navigate to that slide during the presentation. At that point, the live activity is displayed, unlocked, and ready to receive responses.

The activity remains active until you present a new activity in the presentation. At this point, the previous activity deactivates and the new one becomes available for participant responses.

Tips on using competitions

When inserting a competition into your Google Slides presentation, the app will insert the competition welcome slide and a slide for each phase of every question (Question, Answers, Responses, and Leaderboard). For example, if you have a four-question competition, the app inserts 17 slides: Four for each question and one title slide.

Helpful Tip: While you can drag and drop competitions slides to rearrange your questions, it is recommended you do this via the web before inserting them into your presentation. If you must adjust the order in your presentation (for example, because you lack the time to adjust them on the web and reinsert the competition), be sure to keep all the phases for each question together and in the same order or things might get really confusing.

Tips on using surveys

The placeholder slide for a survey looks a little different. It still has the placeholder blocks in the corners, but the slide itself contains only the survey title and instructions to respond. Otherwise it’s blank.

While presenting a survey, rather than showing responses to individual questions, the slide will update showing audience members progress through the survey.


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