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Tools of the Trade: Helping Your Faculty Enhance Their Teaching: Polling

This guide was used in a presentation for the 2012 ATLA Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. This guide was originally created by Michelle Spomer.

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Polling Tools

The following tools can be used for online survey, poll, and quiz development. Some require mobile devices for participation - others are simply web-based, requiring participants to access them via the Internet. Classroom application would include pop quizzes, brainstorming, etc.

  • MicroPoll
    MicroPoll allows users to create polls (lots of options for customization), and then provides several tools for analysis. Polls can be embedded or users can simply provide links to polls. 
    Pricing Info:
    For individuals, MicroPoll is free. There is also customized pricing information for "enterprises."
    MicroPoll Examples

  • Poll Everywhere
    Poll Everywhere is a tool that allows users to poll audiences live via text messaging. Poll responses are displayed via Keynote, PowerPoint, or the Web. This is an alternative to proprietary technology such as Turning Technologies clickers.
    Pricing Info:
    There are six levels, including a basic, free one. Pricing levels are based on the size of the audience and the number of features.
    Poll Everywhere Demo Video

  • Polldaddy
    Polldaddy allows users to create surveys, polls, and quizzes, and then embed them in websites. Data from these can be collected via email, iPad, Facebook, or Twitter, and reports can be generated for analysis. 
    Pricing Info:
    For individuals, there are two levels (the second one has more features) - free and $200/year (Professional). There is also a Corporate level ($899/year) which can be used by up to 10 users.
    Pollydaddy Examples
    Polldaddy for iPad and iPhone (free)

  • Wallwisher
    Wallwisher isn't really polling software per se, but can be used to gather responses to particular questions. Responses can include links, videos, and images. This could easily be used for collabortion.
    Pricing Info:
    Wallwisher Examples