There are a number of uses for polls in the classroom. You can use it as a discussion starter, a reading review, or just to gather information about what students would like to work on. Here are 10 sites that allow you or your students to create polls without having to give away any information: Poll Junkie: Create multiple choice questions that allow voters to make single or multiple selections, rating, ranking, and free text questions. Modify backgrounds, fonts, and colours. You can share the URL with others. It asks for email, but only requires a title.
Pollmaker: Create a multiple choice poll and choose from a number of visual and answer options. Get a short link or an embed code. Makeapoll: This is an extremely easy site to use, but has limited options. Create a simple poll question and create a short link to the poll or use direct links to either the yes or no vote. It does require an email address, but you can use a fake address. Kwiqpoll: A simple multiple choice poll option with a clean button-type interface. There are no options to change the look or to have users add their own options. One of the easiest to use and doesn’t use Flash or Java so it works on basically any website and device. PollCode: This site provides a few additional functions such as multiple answers, colour, background, and font choices, as well as the ability to leave comments. People can also just view the results without giving an answer. The poll is hosted or can be embedded. One unique feature is the ability to use a dropdown menu instead of radio buttons. Click2Answer: While not the prettiest poll, this site allows for users and administrators to get an email each time someone completes the survey. Participants can also add comments and all the answers and comments are presented in an easy-to-read chart.
AnswerGarden: This is a bit more unique in that you don’t give them options, so respondents can write whatever they want. You end up with a nice looking answer board you can display on a large screen. You have a number of privacy and security options as well.
Yarp: This is the simplest poll yet. You only have two options to the question. Get the URL and share with others.
Hanzo: This site allows some simple design choices as well as single or multiple votes. Results are given in a bar graph in percentage or numbers of votes. You can also set a start and end time for the voting. Easy and use and the poll can be embedded or hosted. Flisti: This site allows for multiple answers and users can leave comments as well. Visitors can view the results without voting. It is hosted and can also be embedded.
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