Gathering a bit of information.... Four environments for quick responses.

Of course there are also polling tools in various learning management systems (e.g. Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn) and student response systems. The options here do not require students to create an account, so they are easy to use spontaneously.

1. Poll Everywhere

What do you teach? Various options for using this Poll Everywhere tool, where "voting" or responses can take place anytime via cell phone or web.

Answer the question by clicking on a link in the box below

And here are the live results
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This is the slide where you could vote by cell phone text message
Poll Everywhere
Replace your audience response systems with Poll Everywhere

Example of embedding the results

2. Doodle

What do you teach?is an example of a doodle poll.

This is created with a Doodle Multiple Choice Poll. Idea: Schedule presentation times, committee meeting dates, parent-teacher conferences! Doodle makes it easy to do polling as well as scheduling, and is web-based only.


3. Google Forms

And one more piece of business....Google Forms (part of Google Docs, which are now referred to as apps within Google Drive) can be embedded, or a link provided. Google Forms (and results) can be shared with everyone, with specific individuals, or kept private. There are also data analyzation and visualization tools in Google Docs to help you analyze the results you receive to your form.

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Your results

Idea in this example: Use the form for discussion - here is a form offering students a choice of questions about The Great Gatsby. Questions came from Shmoop and I simply put them into a Google Form for students to answer. This could be homework, a quiz, completed in pairs, individually, at home or at school. Students do not need a Google Account to answer a form - a Google Account is needed to create a form.

4. Socrative

Socrative is an application that can work on multiple devices - any device that has a web browser. It is designed for teachers and students, and requires an account.
Teachers login at by entering their email and password.
Students login at by entering the "virtual room number" provided by the teacher. Students will then see "Waiting for teacher to start an activity...".
Teachers initiate an activity by selecting it on their main screen (e.g. Multiple Choice, T/F, Quick Quiz).
Students respond on their devices.
Students' results are visible on the Teacher's screen or sent in an email.
Socrative Interface
Socrative Interface

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