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Five ways to connect with parents using Poll Everywhere

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February 23, 2013 By: Lisa Nielsen

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Poll Everywhere provides a terrific way to capture the thoughts, ideas, and opinions of parents. Simply set up a multiple choice or free response poll, text parents the code, and have them text in their answers like they do on shows like American Idol. Poll Everywhere provides a quick and easy way to give parents a voice and a vote.  Some ideas for using it include the following.




  • 1) Back-to-School engagement
  • Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School in New Jersey suggests using Poll Everywhere during back to school nights. He says it’s a great way to elicit feedback during budget presentations, or to secure real-time input on school initiatives.

  • 2) Quizzes
    Laura Spencer, an instructional technology coordinator for a K-8 school district in San Diego suggests using Poll Everywhere to 'quiz' parents on topics taught in school. Students enjoy comparing their responses to their parents.

  • 3) Satisfaction surveys Maine school board member Lisa Cooley suggests using Poll Everywhere to find out parent opinion on a recent school event, a new facility, the holiday homework, or a new curriculum.

  • 4) Anonymous voting Ever have meetings where parent votes need to be collected and documented?  Poll Everywhere can be a great tool to instantly get and share responses.  

  • 5) Collect important student / parent data Ever wonder how much homework kids are getting a night, how long parents spend helping their children with schoolwork, or how many hours students are sleeping each night? Massachusetts ed tech specialist Tracy Sockalosky suggests collecting such information by using Poll Everywhere to send out a poll and find out! Not only is this a great way to collect information, but it’s also a terrific discussion starter as well as a tool to determine areas of concern.

Want to know how Poll Everywhere works? Watch this video (click below).
Introducing Poll Everywhere from Poll Everywhere on Vimeo.

For more information visit Free classroom response system with Poll Everywhere

Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.

Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.

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