Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Use YouTube Poll Cards for Quick Formative Assessment

Use YouTube Poll Cards for Quick Formative Assessment by @EdTechnocation | #YouTubeEDU #GoogleEDU
I came across a new gem in YouTube via a Google+ post by +Kyle Beatty. YouTube introduced a new type of Card called the Poll Card that you can attach to your videos that allow you to ask your audience questions and they can respond by selecting an answer. This might be a great option for teachers looking to gather quick formative feedback from students during a video lesson. Continue reading to learn more about this new feature!

How it Works

Here is a an example video that utilizes the Poll Card feature. I created a simple math lesson on the "order of operations" to demonstrate how the poll card might be useful in a video lesson. Go ahead and watch the short video and answer my poll questions.

Click to watch the video.

You'll notice that, as soon as you answer, your shown a percentage of how others have responded to the poll as well. And you have the ability to change your answer at any time. You can also go back and watch the video again later, and still change your answers.

As the creator of the video (the teacher), I can access the response data. The data will show me how many total responses there are, how many responses per answer choice, and a percentage breakdown of the answer choices. It does not show you who specifically answered, so you wouldn't be able to track it back to individual students.

Class Benefits

Teachers are always looking for quick and efficient ways to gather feedback and data on student progress. This new Poll Card can be another tool in your data collecting arsenal. Even though it doesn't provide data on individual students, it can give a quick snapshot into how your class, as a whole, is doing with a lesson or concept. When you create your next video lesson, give the new Poll Card feature a try!

Also, if your students are creating YouTube videos for a project, the Poll Card feature might be a great way to encourage audience participation and interaction with the video.

Let me know in the comments! 
How might you use this with your class?

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