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

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. 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.

A New Version of Easy Accents for Google Docs

Easy Accents is a Google Docs and Google Slides add-on that I've been using and recommending for years. This morning I went to use the add-on in Google Docs and noticed that there was a little message informing users to install a new version of Easy Accents. The new version works the same way as the old one. According the message from the developer, the reason for the change was a project hosting migration.

Easy Accents for Google Docs and Google Slides provides users with a virtual keyboard that makes it easy to write letters with accent marks in their documents and slides. Rather than having to remember a set of keyboard combinations to create accent marks, you can just pick from a list on a virtual keyboard within Docs or Slides. Easy Accents supports twenty-six languages and offers math symbols. Watch the following video to see how easy it is to use Easy Accents.