Poll Everywhere

Using cellphones in the Classroom

Poll Everywhere is a tool that can be used both synchronously and asynchronously.

A synchronous use in in the traditional classroom, especially large classes, would be to poll students during a lecture.  After presenting a segment of your lecture, take a poll to assess whether the majority of students understood what was presented.  The text/quiz questions could be incorporated into a PowerPoint at specific points in the lecture. There are some students who would be more likely to answer via a text than exposing themselves in the classroom.  As long as you have a strict rule about when phones are out and when they are put away I do not think they would be a distraction.

I also think  Survey Monkey would also be great asynchronous tool.

The tool could be used asynchronously in an online course by have the students respond to a poll by a specific due date.

I have found that most of my students have much larger text packages than minutes on their cellphones.  There are a number of very inexpensive unlimited services available now.  Making sure your student population has a plan that would facilitate using this technology is something one would need to be sure of before requiring excessive use of texting in coursework.

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About christinepoythress

Tiny Biography: Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, I’ve wandered from coast to coast, so I am a bit of a gypsy. I left home at 17 only to come back to mama’s house seven times—but all that’s Sprinkled amid my wanderings are the many creative hats I’ve worn. Like many artistic souls, I have supported myself with my craft (singing in multiple churches) and with those ubiquitous pesky food and beverage jobs. Most of my adult life, I have been an actor/ singer/musician of one ilk or another. I started out as a folkie, but, after I fled to California in 1970, I discovered classical singing. So while I was in LA studying singing, I began taking acting classes. I wanted to be an opera singer who did more than park and bark. I had a few tiny parts in commercials and feature films—got my toe wet with extra work. Chasing the operatic dream, I did a stint in Manhattan studying and coaching while serving steaks at the fabulous Mrs. J’s Sacred Cow. I had the opportunity to sing three guest performances of the National Anthem in Madison Square Garden—2 for the New York Knicks and 1 for the Rangers. That was a thrill. Shedding my operatic skin, I moved back south in 1980 spending the next 13 years belting out country and rock tunes. During this 13 year hiatus from the legit singing (I am a soprano), I played “flattop” guitar in a variety of country bands and was the “girl” singer at the Silver Saddle Saloon in Atlanta, GA. I also worked the Southeastern hotel circuit as a solo act. I played the gamut of venues from swanky to honky-tonks—thankfully, though I did witness a brawl or two, at no time did I perform behind chicken wire. I went back to school when I was 43 and completed my Bachelor of Arts degree; then, it was off to Nashville where I earned my Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN in 2000. After graduation I began teaching in academia in the spring of 2001. I got involved with Instructional technology during the mid-2000’s. Now I teach primarily online classes for both Middle Tennessee State University and Chicago City Colleges. In 2009, I began working in film and television again—with a bit of theater thrown in for good measure. I now call myself a freelancer because I have 3 university adjunct positions, a church job, work as an actor, teach a bit of voice in my private studio, work as a Digital Faculty Consultant for McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and, occasionally, pet sit for my friends.
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