Students are going to text while you speak no matter what you say or how many texting spies you place in the audience. Why not use this evil distraction for good? That’s where Poll Everywhere comes in. It’s a really simple process. You don’t even have to sign up to try it out.
You put together a poll of some sort that you want to receive votes on, throw up the website on the screen. Now, your students not only get to vote on the poll via text, but they get to see the results update live as they come in!
In addition to straight polls you can create open ended questions with students’ answers appearing on the screen as they come in.
All of that is free for up to 40 respondants per poll! If you want to pay, you can get the ability to moderate responses (especially useful for the open ended questions), make custom keywords they use intead of numbers, and get more tech support options. Whatever you do, make sure you take a moment and check it out for yourself: Poll Everwhere.