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Tools: Student response

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After earning this badge, you will be (better) able to

  • Describe several best practices for student response systems,
  • Write questions that require higher order thinking, and
  • Use a software-based student response system.
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Clickers are small hand-held units that students use to respond to questions posed in class. This technique is sometimes called "polling." Software-based alternatives like Poll Everywhere let students respond with a cell phone or laptop, eliminating the need to purchase a dedicated clicker. This genre of technology is called a Student Response System or Classroom Response System.





LEARN how to use Poll Everywhere




  1. Carefully formulate TWO questions in your discipline,
    each from a different category on Bruff's taxonomy
    • Application
    • Procedural
    • One-best-answer
    • Prediction
  2. Enter each question into Poll Everywhere
  3. Capture a screen image for each question
    [how to take a screenshot / capture the screen on your device]
  4. Upload the screen images to your Google Drive media folder.
  5. Have at least six people respond to your questions on a mobile device.
    The respondents can be students, friends, family members, etc.
  6. For each question, capture and upload a screen image of the response summary



In your ePortfolio, first rename the "(tools badge)" page "Student Response", then write a reflection of at least 250 words.

Include the following in your reflection:

Where your questions fit on Derek Bruff's taxonomy

How your test of Poll Everywhere went, technically

Connections - relate your learning for this badge to your own experiences of teaching and learning

Link - at least one other resource, article, website, etc.

Media - at least one embedded image or video (include the source).

These additional prompts may help:

  • I chose this badge because ...
  • My stance on using clickers to take attendance is ...
  • Coming up with questions was ...
  • The experience of creating challenging questions was ...
  • It's important for students to know ...
  • Now that I know about ... I will ... differently
  • I had never tried ... , and it ended up ...
  • From my own experience ...
  • I expect to ... in order to learn more about ...
  • I chose ... for my question topic because ...

Publish the ePortfolio page for this badge, including:

From your ePortfolio, submit this page for the badge assignment.