Monday, November 30, 2015

Live Polling in Your Classroom - Poll Everywhere in Google Slides

Reasons to poll your students frequently and consistently?
  • Discussion Starters
  • Quick Checks for Understanding
  • Enhance Communication Skills
  • Inspire Creative Thinking
  • Critically Evaluate Resources and Ideas
  • Jump Start Collaboration
Poll Everywhere is a recently released Chrome Extension that works with Google Slides to allow presenters to quickly and easily create quick survey questions in Google slides. Create a survey ahead of time or quickly insert one during a presentation. 
  • Polls can include multiple choice questions, open-ended questions, Q & A / Brainstorm, or even clickable images. 
  • Results can be displayed live on screen or hidden from the audience.
  • Students can respond via Text, via the Web, via a Mobile Browser, or even through Twitter. 
Initial Setup Guide:
  1. Click here to open the Poll Everywhere Extension description in the Chrome Web Store. 
  2. Click on the "Add to Chrome" button to install the extension. 
  3. A dialog appears letting you know about the types of data that the extension will be able to access. Click Add to grant the extension access to the data described and install the extension.
  4. The Poll Everywhere Extension will work in your Chrome Browser behind the scenes in the address bar. You will not see a Poll Everywhere icon in your row of extensions. It will appear as a menu option in Google Slides and be viewable
  5. While you can get started with the Poll Everywhere in Google slides, we recommend that you first sign up for a free educator account.  Click here to signup for a free Poll Everywhere K-12 Educator account.
  6. Open a new or existing Google Slides Presentation and you will see Poll Everywhere in the menu. You will need to login in the first time you insert a poll. You will be able to create a new poll or insert an existing poll from you account. You can only have 1 active poll at a time in slides.
  7. You can learn more about the setup and views in Google slides in the Poll Everywhere user guide. Click here to access the User Guide and then click on Control+F to search for "Google Slides" to learn more about the features of the Extension.
  8. We recommend testing out the features with a colleague or on your own using a mobile device before going live with a full classroom.
Click here to learn more about installing and managing all your Chrome Extensions.
How will you use Poll Everywhere with your students?