Polling tools embedded in blogs, wikis, presentation software, and websites enable teachers, students, and groups to collect information, elicit opinions, and check for understanding with just a click or text message. The fun part is that the results show up instantly. Here are a couple of tools you can try.
Poll Everywhere – A tool I used recently in a presentation – easy and fun! Ask a multiple-choice or short answer question and watch the results compile in real time. Participants can answer with a text message, on a website, or through Twitter. With the text message (short answer) tool, teachers can use cell phones (or laptops) just like clickers. There are several plans: Free, K12, Higher Ed, and a variety of pay versions. The Free plan has a 30-response limit for each poll, but no limits on the number of polls you can create. The K12 plan has a 32-response limit for each poll. For $50/year you can access individual answers, moderate responses, and set up competitions and comparisons. The number of responses per poll are bumped up to 40. There are several videos on the site that explain the features. Embeds into wikis, PPT, KeyNote, Prezi, Twitter, Facebook, Blogger. Alas, this blog does not enable embed codes, so go to my poll at http://snipurl.com/27oh7o.
Polldaddy – Some similar features to Poll Everywhere. The free version allows 100 responses each month per poll – unlimited polls, 10 questions per poll, link media and URLs within the poll, and reports. The next level is $200/year and is more than I would need. WordPress and Polldaddy are interconnected. I created the poll below by clicking on the Add Poll button in my dashboard, put in my Polldaddy account info, and created the poll. Very easy. Add to WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Posterous, and Ning.
So it looks like the two tools do the same thing in different ways and in interactions with other tools. I think I’ll use Poll Everywhere for synchronous interactions and Polldaddy for asynchronous situations. How about you?