Poll Everywhere allows teachers to create simple poll questions that can be used to get instant feedback about how well the students understand the content being taught. Students are able to use any internet enabled device or a cell phone to participate in the poll. Once the poll is complete a graph depicting the distribution of answers is shown by a bar graph with percentages. This way students are not singled out and the teacher can use the data to drive their instruction.
One weakness with Poll Everywhere is that the free version is very limited. Users are able to only get some data and create only basic polls. This can be fine though if it is only being used as a quick informal assessment.
Role of Technology
This assessment technology driven at every level from the creation to the use and response to the given polls. Users are able to answer questions through a secure website or by joining the poll via text message and submitting answers using SMS messages.