The future is now, polling pioneers ????
Poll Everywhere has officially gone post-language with full-blown emoji support for all poll types.
Emojis can be questions. Emojis can be answers. Emojis are love. Emojis are life. Never again will you spend hours buried in your thesaurus struggling to find a word that encapsulates “unrestrained jubilation.”
Simply use the ???? emoji.
See for yourself the impact emojis can have on your questions:
How to create your first emoji quiz online
New to Poll Everywhere? Don’t sweat it. I’ll show you how to whip up a quick emoji quiz online using a free Poll Everywhere account.
First, head over to your My Polls page on Poll Everywhere’s website. You’ll be asked to create a Poll Everywhere account if you don’t already have one (it’s free for small audiences or for classes of up to 40 students).
Next, give the big, red ‘Create’ button a tap up in the top-left corner of the screen.
A box will pop up that looks like this:
This is where you create your emoji quiz online. Multiple choice is selected by default. All you have to do is fill in a question and possible responses in the appropriate spaces.
There are several ways to get emojis into your question. On Mac, I prefer the CTRL + CMD + SPACE keyboard shortcut. Windows users, tap the smiley face icon on your touch keyboard. Here’s the guide I used if you get stuck.
Once you have the best ???? and ???? for your question, hit ‘Create’. Poll Everywhere will whip up your new quiz.
You should now have a simple multiple choice question.
All you need are some responses. I circled the two default ways people can respond in the image above. Your audience can either visit a website and respond online, or text a number on their phones. Don’t forget to click the ‘Activate’ button (below the paintbrush) first.
Now your new emoji quiz is up and running. Time to make it yours. Poke around the visual settings menu (click the paintbrush icon) and create the perfect style for your question.
Check coolors.co if you need help finding the perfect color scheme.
When emojis just aren’t enough
Emoji polling might be the coolest thing to happen to live presentations since PowerPoint. But let’s not forget the other odds and ends you can throw into your questions.
- Clickable images such as maps or graphs
- LaTeX symbols for when you need to give a math test
- Non-emoji icons, such as hànzì characters 汉 and musical notations ????
- Animated GIFs for when you need to show a cat yelling at a cucumber
Some of these options are more practical than others, but they’re all there to help you fine-tune each question for its intended audience.
If you have a creative use for emojis, animated GIFs, or any other image type in your polls, be sure to let us know on Twitter @PollEverywhere, or by sharing your story with the wonderful Poll Everywhere community.
Happy polling ????