Knowledge Testing in Class: How to Use a Live Poll

The classroom is the perfect place to test your pupils’ knowledge and assess their learning. With the rise of technology, one of the best ways to do this is by using a live poll. Live polls are a great way to quickly gauge the level of understanding of your class on a specific topic, giving you an up-to-date view of their knowledge. In this blog post, we will discuss how to use a live poll for knowledge testing in the classroom.

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The benefits of using a live poll

Live polls are a great way to test the knowledge of your pupils and get instant feedback on how well they are understanding a topic.

A live poll is also a great way to increase engagement in the classroom. Live polls can be interactive and fun for pupils, which makes them more likely to participate and remember the material. Live polls also provide an easy way to compare the results of multiple pupils at once. This is helpful when assessing group work or larger classes.

Finally, live polls are a great way to save time. Rather than spending time manually grading tests or quizzes, a live poll can provide you with instant feedback. This makes it easier to quickly identify the areas where your pupils need further instruction.

How to set up a live poll

Creating a live poll is easy and can be done in a few simple steps.

The first step is to craft your poll questions using Sendsteps. Think carefully about the type of questions you want to ask and how they relate to the subject you are teaching. This will help ensure that the results of your live poll are meaningful and useful.

Once you have crafted your questions, it's time to set up the poll. When setting up the poll, be sure to specify the type of response that you are looking for. For example, if you are asking for a yes or no answer, make sure that the appropriate options are available for participants. Similarly, if you are asking for a numerical answer, make sure that you specify the range of acceptable answers.

Finally, once you have created your live poll, it's time to distribute it to your participants. Make sure that you keep track of who has taken part in the poll so that you can compare their results with their actual knowledge.

How to use a live poll in class

Here are some tips on how to use a live poll in class:

  1. Begin the poll by introducing the topic and giving any background information that will help your students answer the questions.

  2. Give your students time to think and answer each question before moving on to the next.

  3. Ask your questions one at a time. Make sure they are clear so your students don’t get confused.

  4. Once you have asked all of the questions, Sendsteps will tally up the results and you can discuss the answers with your students. This will help them understand why certain answers were correct or incorrect, and how they can improve their knowledge of the topic.

  5. Before starting a live poll, explain the concept to your students. Explain how the poll works and why it’s important to answer truthfully and honestly.

Some ideas for using live polls

  • Check for Understanding: During a lecture, use a live poll to ensure that all students understand the material. If not, review it until everyone has the correct answer.

  • Summative Evaluation: At the end of a unit, use a live poll to evaluate how much the students have learned. This is a great way to assess progress and identify any gaps in knowledge.

  • Self-Assessment: Give students a live poll at the end of a lesson so they can assess their understanding of the material. This can be used to inform future instruction.

  • Engagement Tool: Use a live poll to add an element of fun and engagement to your lesson. This could be something as simple as asking a trivia question or having them rank their favourite activities.

Assess student knowledge easily and effectively using live polls. Enhance engagement and motivation by incorporating this tool in your teaching strategy. Try it out with Sendsteps, which offers interactive features like word clouds, open-ended questions, multiple choice, and quiz questions. Encourage student participation using their mobile devices during testing for increased attention. Students can respond from any device, including cell phones, tablets, or laptops. Make the most of this approach – start now!

Saskia Zwaak

Saskia started as the first intern on the marketing team and is currently a full time Junior Marketeer. She established the roots to create new blogs with the purpose of creating content to help others. Nonsense content is not up to Saskia’s standards as she only believes in bringing value to her readers.