Poll creation tools
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"The MIT Media Lab has developed an open source backchannel that would be ideal for the classroom for learners who are for whatever reason unwilling to raise their hands and their voices. […] This tool is easy to set up. You can ask questions, make comments, add links or vote up or vote down a comment. "
The link has more information about this open source tool, with advice on how to use it during a talk (or preferably a series of talks). Good connectivity and power for laptops are required, and a dedicated display recommended, taking a little of the shine off for my regular teaching contexts.
Via Terry Elliott
"Interact with your audience - Free of charge and without registration!"
Praise and walk-through from Nik Peachey http://bit.ly/MKntkT
Mentimeter is a free service that allows you to pose a question to your audience and get instant feedback on that question through cell phones, tablets, and any other internet-connected device. (Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers).
Shona Whyte's insight:
New response format: open-ended answers
A video tutorial for TodaysMeet, an online platform which allows teachers or presenters to collect and display audience contributions or comments via a specific URL.
Presumably wifi access or smartphones are required, but Russell Stannard gives a number of examples of pedagogical use of this tool.
Try it here: http://todaysmeet.com