I have been using Poll Everywhere for a few months in my radiology teaching. I teach medical students, junior doctors, allied health professionals such as radiographers, and radiology trainees. The audiences I teach are usually in groups of between 25 and 100, and are reluctant to shout out answers. Mobile phone and tablet ownership and usage is univeeal amongst my audience too. Therefore using Poll Everywhere seemed a natural fit.
I use all the subtypes of polls. I use two projector screens, with my PowerPoint running on one, and the poll showing on the second screen. This is so that they can see the image I am asking about on one screen, take the poll on their device, and see the answers on the second big screen.
I put up an image and ask them a multiple choice question on what the diagnosis is. I put up an image and ask them to enter the diagnosis as free text, displayed as a word cloud or ticker. The most powerful use is of the clickable image. I put up an image and ask them to click where they think an abnormality is.
I find that there is universal engagement in the quizzes, and it creates a real buzz amongst the students. The first time that I activate a poll, the look on their faces when their screen shows the poll is priceless. But then when they see the word cloud forming or the bars in the bar charts moving, it is truly amazing.
I recently did a teaching day in Sydney and used Poll Everywhere in my finale, and the feedback was quite revealing in just how engaged people feel when they can use this type of technology.
I would love it if I could show the image and the poll results on the same screen, and that would mean I could use just a single slideshow with the polls embedded. At the moment, I don’t think that’s possible, and to answer the questions they need to see the image so I have 2 screens.
As a new user I can only post 1 image so I have created a collage with my most common use cases.