Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Texting in class

Polling using cell phone texting with Poll Everywhere

If you're like us, you've been hearing how we should teach the way students think today. Or we should be using the tools that they are using to "relate" to them. The other day I heard of a great way to use cell phones in class (thanks John Cunningham). Now, you're probably thinking - um, kids can't have their phones in our school. Yeah, we have that problem too. However, we're working on it. We're hoping that we can get an exception for something like this. I think it would be a cool way to give your students a reward.

Here's how it works: You set up your poll. You can have as many questions as you like. You project it up in the room for everyone to see. Then the students text their answers. Immediately, you will see how people answer. You can see charts & graphs of the answers, if you want.
You can do either multiple choice or free write answers. (You can moderate those free write answers if you want - so kids don't write in, well...you know)
Anyway, it's a lot of fun!
One final thought, you would want to make sure kids aren't worried about their texting fees - each answer is a text. So, if you have a 5 question quiz, that's 5 texts. However, for those kids who are worried about that OR who forget their phone, they can answer on a computer using the online site for free.

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