Poll your students online, for free!
I am completely at a loss for why I didn’t pick up this nifty little website from the forum sooner and blog about it. Todd, our thoughtful and resourceful Language Arts moderator, found an amazing site that lets you add a simple web poll to any blog post, website, or sidebar without having to login, subscribe to a service, or learn how to write code. You can customize the color, number of poll choices, and even prevent people from answering multiple times from the same computer.
Taking the idea a step farther, you could even have students use the tool to create their own poll for the rest of the class as a trivia or mystery game. Elementary students could use it to create a “guess who I am” question by providing short clues in the question and then posting the poll with choices of student names (just first names) on your classroom website. Older students in middle school or high school could use the tool to create review questions and short quizzes for one another. A small group or the whole class could take the quiz to see which topics the class or study group feels confident on, and which material they need to study or work on harder for a test or other examination. I’ve included a couple of quick polls that I just created in 5 minutes to give everyone a chance to see the Blogpoll tool in action. The step by step process takes you through an easy form to fill out the question, answers, options, and then the code to copy and paste: