Audience Feedback with Poll Everywhere

At the Learning Solutions session I presented with Patti Shank last week I wanted to try some way to include live, real-time audience feedback. After looking at a few different options I decided on Poll Everywhere and it worked out really well. (At least I think it did. If you were there and have a different opinion please let me know!)

Check out this video to see it in action:

Here are some of the reasons I chose Poll Everywhere:

  • Cost:The free account allows up to 40 responses per question/poll which is probably plenty in most cases…especially for me. You can check the official pricing here.
  • No hardware required: Another great benefit is that your audience can respond using their phone via text message, twitter or the web.
  • Easy setup*: It’s pretty easy to create your poll questions and each question comes with a downloadable PowerPoint file which you can use as is, or copy/paste into your own slide deck.

A few things you should know before you try it:

  • You’ll need an internet connection to see the real-time updates. So test your connection in advance and always have a back up plan. I did an online survey of the same poll questions in advance and had that data as a backup. It also helped confirm what type of responses I could expect in the session.
  • Although it is easy to setup, their default instructions for participants that are included on the downloadable slides are a bit confusing. I made up my own version, which seems to work well.


I’ve had a  “royal” request for a job aid so stay tuned for that.

UPDATE: Here is the first attempt at a quick job aid for using Poll Everywhere in your presentation.


  1. It looks like you are pretty early with it, but have you put any thought into using it for in-class games? I have tried using it to allow teams to enter responses to questions, but I don’t know how well it would function for it (might be more trouble than it’s worth).


    1. You’re right that I haven’t gotten too far with it yet. What type of “games” are you thinking of? I could easily see some creative uses of this “in-class”


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