Active Learning Ideas: Polling | On Effective Instruction

Active Learning Ideas: Polling

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Having students vote anonymously on what they perceive as the best explanation/answer to a question, followed by opportunities to discuss their ideas with peers, and then to vote again leads to greater learning of the material.

It is important to have students discuss why they think their explanation is the most accurate and also why the other explanations proposed are not accurate. It is also important that the teacher looks at the polling results and listens to the reasoning of the students in order to determine what further explanations and summary might need to be made in lecture.

 

There are various tools that can be used for polling, including;
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Clickers – https://www.iclicker.com/
“Reset student attention in seconds. Ask on-the-fly polling questions to keep students engaged.”

 

 

 

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www.Socrative.com
“Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Then use auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning.”

 

 

 

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www.polleverywhere.com
“Use multiple choice questions to identify gaps in understanding, or kick off group discussions with a colorful word cloud.”


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