If a picture is worth a thousand words, a clickable image poll is worth 100,000!*
* We made that up, but clickable image polling is awesome.
Clickable image polls allow you to ask your audience to respond by clicking or tapping the are of an image you upload. This is useful for converting older questions for use in Poll Everywhere or posing new questions where a picture (map, chart, graph, etc.) is needed to provide context.
What can I use this for?
You can start using clickable image polls today! Try creating some of your own. Here are some examples we heard about from our beloved users. (That’s you.)
Sometimes your audience doesn’t quite get which code to put in front of their message.
Or perhaps you want a dramatic unveiling of the responses. You want to show the poll question, but not the results until they’re all in. (You love that gasp from your audience when you switch from the poll question to a beautiful word cloud. Gets ya every time.)
Graphical instructions for open-response polls is for you.
It makes voting nearly foolproof – at least for anyone who’s used a mobile phone at least once before in their lives. And as an added bonus for educators or the drama-craving presenter, it lets you show the questions and then only later reveal the responses. We’ve heard this is pretty great.
To display picture instructions, just hover over the top right of your open response poll and select “Hide results, Show Instructions.”
Normally we get pretty clever in these blog posts. (Well, at least we like to think so.)
But this time… this time is different. We built so many amazing features for you this summer. So much packed into one phenomenal release, we’re just going to list them out. That’s it. One long list of exciting features that will appreciably enhance your polling pleasure.
Set the timer and let everyone know how long they have to participate… no pressure.
Okay, well some pressure.
Run sensitive or controversial polls and give your audience the comfort of knowing their responses will remain anonymous – forever.
Live updating word cloud
That’s right… your audience responds to your poll. A beautiful word cloud appears and magically changes shape, updating live as new responses come in.
Organize your participants
End the mayhem by organizing all your registered participants into groups – whether that be a class, a break-out session, or some other category you dream up.
For all you educators out there, we now offer LMS integration to make your lives easier. We’ve started with the good folks at Canvas for reasons we can talk about later, but will have others on the way.
Brand new mystery poll type!
Oh there’s more… we have a brand new poll type just waiting in the wings ready to go. Any guesses?
You are a superhero. You have hundreds of polls, thousands of responses, all neatly organized by lesson plan, class, and day of the week. You run real-time polling WITH YOUR MIND and your students love you.
Ah yes, your students. Your many, many students. Rapt pupils of past, present, and near future. While your polls are grouped by alphabetical order and thematic hierarchy, your students have languished in one long, unwieldy, unorganized list. That is, until now.
Introducing participant grouping: a faster and better way to organize students and manage registration. Invite your students to register or simply upload the roster.
It works like this:
- You load your students into the Poll Everywhere participants list with an invitation link or spreadsheet import (LMS import coming soon!).
- You can now organize them into groups by class, section, graduation year, or even small group discussion team.
- Not only will this secretly indulge your OCD tendencies, you’ll have an easier time registering, tracking, and grading students.
Ready to get started? This feature is available on all paid plans. Click the “Participants” tab at the top of the My Polls page, dive into the step-by-step guide, or watch the short video above.
Your super power is engaging your students in real time. We just make it easier. Professor Xavier is pretty stoked.
Sometimes it’s the little conveniences that make web sites a joy to work in.
If you’re on some of our paid plans you get to choose your keywords. It’s common to use some acronym (perhaps your company, group, or conference initials) for keywords, followed by numbers.
Let’s say you are interested in other people’s business. Let’s say you work as part of the National Society Affirming, “Privacy Rights Is So Mundane”. You might want to make a poll like this:
In the past you had to type in each keyword separately. We had someone call last week who needed 300 choices on a single poll (and believe it or not, this happens frequently). Data entry is no fun. So now, if you set the first keyword to be letters followed by a number, and the rest of your keywords are just auto-keywords, we’ll just auto-number the rest for you following your pattern.
HOPE1 -> HOPE1, HOPE2, HOPE3, HOPE4, etc
MPIWEC1 -> MPIWEC1, MPIWEC2, MPIWEC3, etc
P200 -> P200, P201, P202, etc
It’s a very simple feature, but a great time-saver.
Hey, baby. I know I promised you I could change. You longed for better reliability in PowerPoint. You yearned for classy full screen navigation between polls. You pined for customizable fonts. You jealously said, “Why can’t your tablets and phones show polls exactly the way my desktop browsers do?”
And you secretly experienced a wanton lust for faster loading.
Or maybe you don’t think of software that way.
No matter. We heard you saying it that way anyway.
On September 1st, we will switch all users to HTML5. You can switch now and get ahead of the game. If you do, you’ll also be able to:
- Switch between polls in fullscreen mode (hey pros: no more cuts from the A/V switch just to switch polls!)
- Select beautiful fonts like Tisa, Proxima Nova, and Netto
- Insanely fast loading (check it out – the slowpoke on the left is flash)
- Insert your polls in PowerPoint slides without leaving PowerPoint. Our PollEv toolbar lets you skip the download-copy-paste shuffle.
Windows PowerPoint Plugin
“Flash was kind of a violent drunk.”
- Jeff Vyduna
Our relationship with Adobe Flash had been on the rocks for quite some time. Flash would sometimes hang your PowerPoint charts. Our charts had become cantankerous and adding features was painful. Flash was kind of a violent drunk. That’s why we’re cutting Flash out of the picture.
So what do you have to do to enjoy the romance of HTML5…
- If you’re presenting your polls from the web, enable HTML5 from your My Polls page and go to town!
- If you present your polls in Windows PowerPoint… we have something special for you. HTML5 is the cat’s meow. To use it, you have to download the new PollEv Presenter. It’s a few clicks of effort upfront, but the stability, beauty, and sheer joy of never having to leave PowerPoint to insert your polls more than makes up for it.
- Don’t worry, Mac users, we haven’t forgotten you. Big enhancements for the PollEv Presenter for Mac are coming soon. In the meantime, there’s no app update required. If you enable HTML5 on your My Polls page the PollEv Presenter for Mac will automatically ditch Flash with a jump, heel click, and smile. HTML5 gets along much better with Apple stuff than Flash does. (Thank you, Steve Jobs.)
Let us know what you think in the comments below or drop us a line at email@example.com. We always fight over who gets to open your mail first.
The growing Poll Ev Team
Introducing Poll Everywhere Labs–where our mad scientists animate new life.
Compelled by dark forces beyond their control, Poll Everywhere’s team of radical engineers have concocted schemes beyond your wildest imagination to make your presentations fantabulous, incredible, or just plain NOT BORING.
Here’s a quick summary of what’s currently alive available. Remember, all these features are in Beta, so this stuff can change, break, or decompose disappear at any time.
Discourses: allow your audience to vote on free text responses. Perfect for brainstorming and large Audience Q&A.
Simple Keywords: allow your live audience to vote with A, B, C etc on multiple choice polls; and without entering a keyword prefix for free text polls. Note that this product does not currently work with Twitter.
HTML5 Polls: watch our progress as we move to a flashless world.
Poll Sorting: Choose how to sort polls within groups on your My Polls page.
Copy Entire Groups of Polls: great for copying surveys and reducing data entry overhead for conferences asking the same set of questions after many breakout sessions; or by educators using similar questions in multiple sections.
(Not)Boring Mode: Where the dark yet playful imaginations come out to play. See hidden funny surprises around our site.
If you dare, visit Poll Everywhere Labs and let us know: Which creatures features are you most excited about trying?
We were recently notified that our primary UK number that we thought was local was actually an Isle of Man number. This was unfortunate as some cell carriers in the UK were charging participants international texting rates instead of local ones!
We’re still operating our Isle of Man number for participants in Europe and other countries. However, we now have an additional UK local number, 02033225822. This is a London based number that should be considered a local text message by cell carriers. But as always, check with your carrier to determine exact rates.
You can change your coverage are from your Account Profile, under the International Text Messaging menu.
Sorry for the confusion folks! Our new London based number should alleviate the past issues. Let us know if you have any problems in the comments, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at Poll Everywhere, we are absolutely dependent on our mobile phones. We check email on the go, read the news when we first wake up in bed, work and play (patiently) while waiting in line, and sometimes even make or take a call.
Like everyone else, we love beautiful design. Lots of companies focus on making a site beautiful first, and often run out of time for things like function and scalability. That’s not us. Our number one goal is to make a product that you know you can trust in the most demanding of presentation situations. So for a long time the look and feel of our mobile experience was of secondary importance, and that was painful, even to us. We’d “dogfood” our releases (that’s startup talk for using our product) and cringe. Now that we’ve finished the new mobile functionality such as on-the-fly poll creation, moderation, etc; we finally got to turn our attention to making things beautiful.
Wait, you might be thinking, didn’t Poll Everywhere just release a new presenter tool for mobile? Yes, yes we did. (Thanks for paying attention, and if you haven’t seen that blog post, please check it out, because it’s HOT STUFF). So what’s new? If the previous mobile release was the steak for the presenter, this mobile release is all about the sizzle for the audience. Below you’ll see some highlights of our extreme mobile makeover. As Jonny Ive might say at an Apple release: ”it’s our best mobile experience yet.”
Shown automatically when visiting polleverywhere.com from any smart phone
Before: The Home Page Like a black and white movie. Classic, but still….
After: The Home Page. Like the moment when Dorothy steps into Oz after the Tornado.
Shown automatically when accessing polleverywhere.com/vote from any smart phone
Before: The Landing Page. Cryptic for new participants. URL bar reduces screen space.
After: The Landing Page. Better instructions. Less clutter. Easier to read. Removed URL Bar.
Also known as Pie. Tasty, Tasty Pie. Shown when the audience is waiting for a presenter to push a poll or start a presentation.
Before: Pie Page
After: Pie Page
Multiple Choice Polls
Our bread and butter.
Before: Multiple Choice Polls. Nice, but wow, what a snoozer. Let’s wake everybody up!
After: Multiple Choice Polls. Who wouldn’t want to participate?
Free Text Polls
Our Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Before: Free Text Polls. Functional, but won’t win any awards.
After: Free Text Polls show all previous answers. And it’s pretty, too!
What do you think? Does this help your experience? Did this post make you hungry? Let us know in the comments!
Scheduling polls to start and stop is one of our most commonly requested features, and the Poll Everywhere developers have answered your call!
Effective immediately, everyone can start and stop your polls at a time they schedule in advance. Here’s how:
Step 1: Open a poll from your “My Polls Page”
Click on the Edit menu from any poll
Step 2: Click “Schedule Start/Stop” Easy as Pie!
In the Edit Menu, Click on “Schedule Start/Stop”
Step 3: Select a relative time, or click “custom” to schedule a poll for a specific time and date
Select the time and date from the menu
This feature is best used with Text, Twitter, or Private Web Link voting methods. If you need to schedule a poll for use with a live audience using your pollev.com/my/pollev page, be sure to push the poll to your pollev.com page, as described here.
Go forth and schedule! Let us know in the comments if you have any feedback.