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Technology Teaching Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.

Poll Everywhere

  • http://www.polleverywhere.com/
  • Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, TV, print - anywhere. It can help you to raise money by letting people pledge via text messaging. And because it works internationally with texting, web, or Twitter, its simplicity and flexibility are earning rave reviews.

Pedagogical Ideas

In the classroom, Poll Everywhere can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:

  • Student Elections - Students use Poll Everywhere to conduct the student government elections. Results are immediately available.
  • Your School Idol - Use the text message feature to allow instant voting during the annual talent show. Prizes are awarded based on the popular vote.
  • Classroom "Millionaire" - Play a classroom version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" as a test review. Use Poll everywhere for the "ask the audience" lifeline.
  • Administrator Exclusive: Fund Development - Use Poll Everywhere to take pledges via text messaging. This makes pledging easy and convenient.

How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?

Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.

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