One of the most powerful features in Edmodo is one that’s built right into a post, and it’s possible you’ve never even noticed it. Clicking on the post box in your Edmodo class presents options, including one to send a poll to your students!
A poll is more than just getting someone’s opinion (although that’s important too!). Poll results can guide instructional planning, provide lesson feedback, and strengthen the sense of community in your class.
Here are three ways to use an Edmodo poll in your online, in-person, or blended learning class this year.
Assess Prior Knowledge
Before beginning a new unit of study, it’s helpful to gauge how much students already know about the topic. Poll responses will guide you in your lesson planning, including whether students need a review of the prerequisite concepts. A firm knowledge foundation is crucial for effective instruction with long-term concept retention.
This is a poll assessing students’ prior knowledge of a topic. Poll responses offer guidance in choosing instructional strategies, procedures, and activities for a lesson.
Enhance Reading Comprehension
A poll can be a reading comprehension strategy allowing students to analyze different opinions on a topic. For example, in a literature class, a poll can give insight into how characters interact with each other or how their actions advance the plot. It’s important to let students know there isn’t a “correct” answer, but rather the question and poll responses are designed to offer character and plot points for them to consider as they learn how to analyze plot and character development.
Polls can be used as conversation starters or debate topics, giving students a chance to defend their poll response with evidence from the text. This strategy can be used across content areas, including differing opinions on nonfiction writing as well.
Successful classroom communities are built on solid relationships between the teacher and the students and the students with each other. These relationships thrive on mutual respect and trust. Allowing students to share their opinions on various topics or offer their preference on an activity will show that you respect their viewpoint and value their voice. Consider creating a poll asking students which group project they enjoyed most or which popular book they’d like to see turned into a movie. Whether related to the curriculum or just a random question, polls can be a great way to start a conversation and build rapport with students.
Which way will you use a Poll this year?
Of course, there is no wrong answer! If you have an example of how you used a poll in your class, please share it in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!
Doreen is an Education Writer at Edmodo and a Veteran Educator, experienced in both elementary and secondary levels in the USA and Germany. In her career, she has served as an Instructional Coach, Professional Development Coach, and Curriculum Specialist. She is passionate about using technology to create and grow a community of engaged learners worldwide.