Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Two Neat Polling Tools That I Recently Recommended

I get a lot of questions from readers. I try to answer all of them. Those that I think have a broad appeal I turn into blog posts and or include in my podcast. Earlier this week I received a question from a reader who was looking for suggestions for polling tools that her students can use on mobile devices. I could have recommended Google Forms which does work on mobile devices, but my hunch was that she was looking for something a little different than that. So I suggested trying Acquainted and Sli.do.

Acquainted is different from your typical multiple choice polling tools. Acquainted is a conversational polling tool. What that means is people who take your poll can get an instant response from you based on their poll choices. Your responses are written into Acquainted and programmed to appear to poll respondents as they make answer choices. Watch my demo below then read on for how I think it could be a great tool for self-paced review activities.


Sli.do is a polling tool that I featured as the Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week in early November. Slido offers a Google Slides add-on that works in conjunction with a Chrome extension of the same name. When combined these tools let you add survey and multiple choice questions to your existing Google Slides presentations. Students respond to the survey questions by entering a Slido code on their phones or laptops. Watch my video below to see how Slido works.