Ed Tip: Polling Tools

Use polling tools to survey your students, engage them in learning, check for progress, and get immediate feedback.

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A digital poll is a quick and easy way to survey all of your students at once and get immediate feedback. It allows everyone to feel included, and it can provide a safe place for students to share ideas, especially if the results are posted anonymously. A digital poll or survey can provide you with valuable information about your students, including how they are feeling, how they are progressing on the academic content, or what they think about a discussion topic.


With these tools, you set up an account, create a survey, and then share it with your students through a link or access code. Receive and review results in your account dashboard. Share results with the class or use the information to inform your instruction.



  • Formative: Create unlimited formatives, get real-time student tracking, create and manage classes, and get basic integrations (like Google Classroom) and embedding with a free account.
  • Google Forms: Create robust surveys with a variety of question types. Review data on preformatted charts as well as an integrated spreadsheet.
  • Microsoft Forms: Integrate polls into other Microsoft products, like OneNote, Teams, and PowerPoint.
  • Poll Everywhere: Embed polls into PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google slideshow presentations. There’s a maximum audience size of 25 with the free account.
  • Socrative: Choose from multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions. Engage students with the interactive space race or publish a premade exit ticket.
  • SurveyMonkey: This popular survey tool offers a free basic plan that includes unlimited surveys and up to 10 questions and 40 responses per survey.

Integration Ideas

Use polling tools as quick formative checks and exit tickets to see how your students are progressing on their academic content. The dashboards and reporting features make this a quick and efficient process. You can also use these to learn about your students and improve relational capacity in your classroom. They work well to engage students with probing questions at the beginning of a lesson, and they can be used to have students vote and express their opinions on debatable issues. This opportunity for input can be used to ignite discussions.

How can I learn more?

Explore AVID Open Access for more free templates, tool tips, podcasts, and other great resources, including the related article, Survey With Polls.