Student Response Systems

Why Online Polls & Surveys?

Online polls and surveys provide an opportunity to receive immediate information or feedback from students, colleagues, and parents alike. Online polls and surveys can be used for formal assessment or informal information gathering. Information gleaned from online polls and surveys could be used to improve instruction and course development, further professional development with colleagues, and strengthen relationships with parents.

Online Polls & Surveys Tools

Here is a select list of free or inexpensive online poll and survey creation tools:

Google Form is an online poll and survey creation tool that is free and part of Google Docs. Here is what you can do with Google Form:

      • Create, format, edit, and publish a poll or survey online.
      • Collaborate with others online in the creation of a poll.
      • Make your poll or survey private, public, or just to those who have the link.
      • Insert varied questions types: text, paragraph, multiple-choice, checkboxes, choose from a list, grid, scale.
      • Invite others by email to take your poll or survey.
      • See responses instantaneously in real-time.
      • See responses in graph format or in spreadsheet.
      • Publish your poll or survey as a webpage or embed into an existing web page, or even a Gmail message.

Participants can respond to a Google Form poll from a desktop / laptop computer as well as from a handheld device such as an iPodtouch, iPhone or any other web connected smartphone.

Polleverywhere Designed to capture feedback in real time, this web based product captures feedback as answers to multiple choice questions or free-response prompts are texted or Tweeted. The service is free for groups smaller than 40 people and does not even require a login to get started. This tool can be used to assess students in real time, or to get a sense of their understanding throughout the course of a class. This demo video further explains its capabilities. Other resources include:

Socrative A free web based student response system, Socrative allows teachers to create and run quizzes as quick formative assessments in the classroom.  Socrative has a teacher create a virtual room that students can then enter on any web enabled device (iPhone, iPad, iTouch, laptop).  When the teacher begins a pre-existing quiz or quickly pushes out a multiple choice, True / False or open response question, the question will automatically be pushed out to the student device.  One unique and beneficial feature of Socrative is that when a quiz is complete, a spread is generated that can be downloaded or emailed to the teacher.  In addition, on the final spreadsheet, multiple choice questions will be auto graded if specific response options are indicated as the correct answer when created by the teacher.

  • Teachers run the class & quizzes from: t.socrative.com 
  • Students participate in a quiz from: m.socrative.com
  • Each quiz has a sharing code that can be distributed to colleagues
  • Pre-created “exit tickets” allow for a quick end of class assessment

InfuseLearning The newest student response platform, InfuseLearning allows a great deal of structure and flexibility for the classroom teacher.  Ideally, students will respond using iPads, allowing them to take advantage of the full set of features available in InfuseLearning.  Teachers can create classes and import their student’s names in order to have improved data after running a quiz.  Along with basic quizzes, teachers can have students respond with drawings that students can then submit back to the teacher’s dashboard.

  • Teachers run the class from a computer at: teacher.infuselearning.com
  • Students enter the teacher room and respond with a mobile device from: student.infuselearning.com
  • Create customized quizzes ahead of time or run quick questions during class.
  • Push images out to student devices and have them respond by editing the image on their device.

Video Tutorials on Online Polls & Surveys

Here are a few video tutorials to help you get started with creating polls and surveys.

Google Forms Video Tutorial

Polleverywhere Tutorial

Socrative Tutorial

InfuseLearning Tutorial

How to Integrate Online Polls & Surveys

Polls & Surveys can be integrated in history classes in a variety of ways. A key consideration is whether a student must reveal her name when responding. An anonymous poll or survey may generate more honest and forthcoming responses.

  • Create a poll or survey about homework: How long did it take? Was it easy, somewhat difficult, or very difficult? (Consider embedding the blog on a web page where students can access it regularly.)
  • Survey the students on how they feel they are doing in your course.
  • Survey parents to glean information on what additional support or guidance you might provide their child.
  • Create a poll or survey to gather information about attitudes regarding a particular historical or current event.
  • Create a poll that assess student understanding on a scale of 1-4 or from ‘completely agree’ to ‘completely disagree’.
  • While reading documents in class, have students respond to a Polleverywhere ‘Open Response’ poll with their cell phones to send in key words, phrases or ideas from the reading.
  • Use a series of Polleverywhere poll questions that are projected in class as a mini unit review. Hide the poll responses until everyone has voted, then reveal the voting results.
  • Create a quiz or test. A poll might consist of multiple-choice or “select from list” answers, while a survey might include more open-ended paragraph answers.
  • Survey students after a field trip to get a sense of what they learned and took away from the event.
  • Survey them about your teaching methods; what they think you are doing well and what might be improved.