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Tips and tools to engage the classroom in writing activities

Poll Everywhere welcomes Gloria Kopp as the guest author of this post. Long writing activities are generally relegated to homework, but there comes a time when every teacher needs to introduce them into the classroom. These activities come with their own distinct challenges. Listening to a teacher and answering questions is far more interactive than sitting and writing…. continue reading »

A better Q&A starts by ditching the questions slide

An effective PowerPoint presentation is complementary. It enhances what the speaker is saying by summarizing information, giving additional details, or visualizing what’s being discussed. Ask yourself, which of those does a “Thank you!” or “Questions?” slide accomplish? It’s a missed opportunity. There are better alternatives that drive home the key points of your presentation and… continue reading »

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Rethink town hall meetings as two-way conversations

Employees are disengaged. They’ve checked out. They’re ambivalent towards their employers. Gallup calls it a crisis. Thought leaders such as Josh Bersin say the issue “is becoming one of the biggest competitive differentiators in business.” Research from McKinsey shows that organizations that are good at motivating employees are 60% more likely to be in the… continue reading »

3 tips for a successful trivia presentation

So you’re looking to run a team-based competition using Poll Everywhere. Great! That’s easy to set up using a feature we call segmentation. This feature looks a little intimidating at first, but once you understand how it works it’s a snap to use. As a reminder, segmentation is how presenters compare results from two multiple-choice… continue reading »

Updated poll chart technology delivers speed and high impact visuals

Our engineers recently rebuilt our multiple choice and ranking polls to use D3.js, which is the most powerful and flexible technology for generating data-driven graphics in web software. It is what underlies the most compelling graphics on the web, including the highly regarded New York Times visualizations. In contrast to many other libraries, D3.js allows great control… continue reading »

Interactive PowerPoint games that engage large classrooms

Hermione Granger is the worst person to have in a trivia contest. She dominates each question at the first possible instant, reducing the contest to a forgone conclusion. I’m sure we’ve all grappled with, or seen students grapple with, this scenario. It doesn’t help that most trivia games – Jeopardy, Family Feud, Millionaire – are… continue reading »