Test Faculty Connections: Poll Everywhere

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Tammy Nguyen

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Amy Wax illustrates an easy way to engage her students during lecture 

Amy Wax uses a simple add-on to enhance the interactivity of her PPTs 

Amy Wax is an associate professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  She has been using an app called PollEverywhere in class sizes from X to Y to give activities to her students during the course of lecture.   

“It (Poll Everywhere) allows you to create poll questions in the format of quite literally a PowerPoint slide that you insert into your regular lecture.” 

Key Questions: 

How do you use Poll Everywhere in your in-person and online classes? 

How much time will I need to invest in learning to use Poll Everywhere?  How much time will my students need to learn it? 

How much time does setting up a poll take? 

Highlights: 

“Polleverywhere is an app that allows you to insert poll questions into your PowerPoint lectures. And it allows you to create poll questions in the format of quite literally a PowerPoint slide that you insert into your regular lecture.” 

Poll Everywhere allows you to insert poll questions into your PowerPoint lectures.  You can create poll questions in the format of a PowerPoint slide that you can insert into your regular lecture. 

“when a poll slide comes up, what students can do is they can use their tablets or their smartphone or their laptop, any device that can connect to the internet in order to answer the question that you just put forth on the slide. And then their answers will appear on the slide in real time as they respond to the question.” 

When a poll slide comes up, students can use any device connected to the internet to answer the questions.  Their answers appear on the slide in real time. 

“Poll Everywhere is an extremely easy tool to learn to use. Basically, the steps involved are just signing into your SSO clicking on the Poll Everywhere Chiclet making a question and downloading it as a PowerPoint slide.” 

Poll Everywhere is extremely easy to learn to use.  You just sign into your SSO, click on the Poll Everywhere Chiclet, make a question, and download it as a PowerPoint slide. 

Big Quote: (which poll types she uses) 

Take-aways: 

Using Poll Everywhere works well inside of any PowerPoint lecture 

To use Poll Everywhere with PowerPoint, download these directions 

Key Questions: 

What do students say about Poll Everywhere? 

What makes Poll Everywhere engaging? 

How does Poll Everywhere provide data on what my students understand? 

Highlights: 

“what Polleverywhere does, is it sort of negates that issue of having just a few students who are comfortable talking in class, because when a Polleverywhere slide appears on the screen, everyone has to respond to it. And they don't have to speak out loud to respond to it. They can just respond to it using their devices, which is a lot more comfortable for students these days.” 

Poll Everywhere negates the issue of having just a few students who are comfortable talking in class.   

“students over the years have told me is that Polleverywhere makes class more fun. And I think what they mean by that, is that a there's sort of like a gamification element of Poll Everywhere where they have to answer little questions and do little quizzes throughout the course of the class, and then figure out whether they got the right answer or not.” 

Students say that Poll Everywhere makes class more fun.  They have to answer questions and quizzes throughout the class, and then see whether they got the right answer or not. 

“From the faculty side of things that also allows you to administer learning checks in a fun way to see what students are understanding and what they're not understanding” 

Same as above 

Big Quote: “it (Poll Everywhere) sort of negates that issue of having just a few students who are comfortable talking in class” 

Hear from other faculty members: < could be text, or an audio compilation 

Steve Mezyk 

Etc. 

Want to talk to a faculty member about Poll Everywhere? 

Amy Wax 

Resources: 

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  • Poll Everywhere guide(s) 
  • CSULB Poll Everywhere webpage 
  • Descriptions of the 20+ Poll Everywhere activity types