Polling and Surveys Tools

Many of today's students already take mobile phones with them to school. Why don't we utilize their educational capabilities? Using SMS text messages or via web link, students can turn their phone into an audience response tool.

ICT Polleverywhere - Resources, integrative ideas, and basic instruction on using Poll Everywhere
This free web tool (no sign-up required) allows polls to be set up and users to respond via portable devices, twitter, or Internet. Bar graphs can be seen instantly on the Internet or embeddedi to PowerPoint. You can select amongst several different response types:
  • Multiple choice
  • Free text-based
  • Goal tracking
  • Continuous response tracking during debates
  • Team scoring
Socrative - Free clicker alternative for polling, quizzes, true/false, short answer, exit ticket, and a space race quiz. Works with any device with internet connection.
Mentimeter - Free online web tool - enter your question and the possible answers, and participants use a web-enabled device to quickly input their answer, with real-time results.
Infuse Learning - Free online tool that works on any web-enabled device - create questions, prompts or quizzes, and students can respond in T/F, multiple choice, written answer, and even drawings.

Such polling tools are useful in education for

  • Soliciting feedback from the entire class (vs. the few who normally participate in class discussions)
  • Synchronous, simultaneous responses
  • Formative assessment
  • Gathering student understanding or opinions - can help with reframing instruction
  • Keeping students focused and engaged
  • Make workshops/lectures interactive
  • Reflective feedback
  • Anonymous feedback on sensitive topics
Tips on using PollEverwhere in school, utilizing mobile phones - for predictions & opinions, exit tickets, and feedback.
PollEverywhere is free for up to 30 participants

QR Codes

These box-shaped UPC codes are more than a strange design. When a user takes a photo of the code with their smartphone, iPad, iPod, etc., the special software interprets the code and takes the user to linked websites, videos, text messages, contact info, polling, and more.

Uses in Education

  • Post codes on the board for homework, extra credit, help, etc.
  • Place codes near door for homework, spelling lists, reminders, etc so students/parents can scan on their way out the door
  • Project codes for multiple choice quizzes, polling, etc. - can even be used to get answer key
  • For differentiated or scaffolded instruction
  • Use at learning centers or areas of the room for different types of activities
  • Include in books or handouts for extra resources on the topic (i.e. Videos, websites)
  • In parent newsletters - contact information, useful websites, etc
  • Students can include QR codes on their presentations to point to additional content
  • Include in library books with links to related videos, book reviews, author interviews or official website
  • Showcase exemplars (files, presentations, artwork, writing, etc.)
  • Create codes for research resources, info discovered. Place around the room, embed in wikis.
  • Set up web quests, geocaching, or school treasure hunts with QR codes for the different steps. Upon completion, another QR code can be scanned that will enable the kids to send a message of completion or reflection to the teacher or class.
  • Use on a map, with the codes taking students to artwork from that location
  • Create a virtual tour using art images in a book or in your classroom - to a museum, more info about the art/artist, or to a location on a Google map.
  • Use in résumés and link to your website or portfolio
  • Send a voice recording of a message or information - particularly good for accessibility
  • Create a code linking each student to his/her account for a website - i.e. Artsonia gallery- See example
  • Use at an art show to connect to related content - information about the project, Artsonia gallery, etc. See example
  • Generate a QR code that links to a recorded audio mp3 (i.e. instruction, story reading, instrument playing) Handout by Sylvia Tolisano
  • Audio Files and QR Codes by

QR Codes in Education Livebinders
40 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom
More on QR Codes- examples, Diigo list, useful tools

Code Creators

SparqCode - create QR Codes (phone #, SMS, map, URL, contact, App store, manual text). Can also add headings and subheadings. Can save or embed.
ClassTools.net QR Treasure Hunt - Create a treasure hunt or quiz via QR codes
QwikVotes QR powered questions, polls, and votes
Unicode - Includes ability to create and customize its look - change colors, add gradients, or add a small logo into the center. The codes can be saved, embedded, or printed.
QRHacker - Create customized codes including color, adding image & background, and logo.
TagMyDoc- Service that allows you to assign and print a QR code on your uploaded documents.
Kaywa - Free, easy QR Code generator - URL, text, phone #, SMS, or contact info.
QR Stuff - Generate codes for a wide variety of media, social/communication tools, iTunes/Apps, the basics, as well as to a DropBox file/folder.
QRVoice - Encodes a typed (100 characters or less) message and makes a QR code that once scanned reproduces the message in a synthesized voice

Code Readers

I-nigma - for Android, Blackberry, iPhone/iPod touch, iPad. Can also get via SMS or the mobile web on your phone
Kaywa Reader Another respected reader for multiple devices
You can use QuickMark QR Code Reader (PC only) to read a QR/bar code via web cam, drag & drop a QR image, or screenshot. It can also generate a QR code.
NeoReader has free QR reader apps for iOS/Android devices that read several types of QR codes and UPC symbols.

For desktop computers, http://www.quickmark.com.tw/en/basic/downloadPC.asp has the ability to create and read (with webcam) a QR code.