Polling and Questioning Made Easy with Slido

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I recently discovered this really cool tool and I am excited to try using it in my classroom. I had the opportunity to use it during a presentation I gave at the SREB Conference in early July and it was a hit with the teachers. I can't wait to see how it goes over with my kiddos!


Slido enables you to create surveys for your students to answer but you can also use the other feature that enables your students to write questions to you. 

Step 1

Obviously, the first step is to go to Slido.com

Step 2

If you click Create An Event, it will take you to a Signup/Login page. At this point, of course, you will enter your personal information. 

Step 3

Then you can click on Create New Event, which lets you title your event anything that you want to title it. At this point, you can click the green right arrow key that will actually start the process of creating your event. 

Step 4

Now, you must decide if you want to do a Question or a Poll. The poll section allows you to give your students questions to survey their answers. You can select both multiple choice questions and open-ended questions for your poll. If you pick the Question section, this will allow your students (with a key, which I will show you how to use later) to enter in questions they have in real-time. For example, I used this during my conference presentation and it allowed attendees to write in questions while I was talking and not interrupt me. I was able to check the questions at the end of the presentation and see what I needed to address. One of the best features I like is that it lets participants/students to upvote different questions so you don't get the same question asked 15 times. Students can simply show that they also have this question by upvoting it. The question most asked will show at the very top of the question list. 

Step 5

Once you have set up either your poll or your question event, you will need to give your students the code. This code will be located at the top of your screen and the middle of the screen on your Questions Event page. It will be located on the top of your screen on the Polls page. All students have to do is go to Slido and enter the code into the box to join your event. 

Other features:

  • Analytics, which will enable you to see the results of the polls as well as the engagement on the questioning part. 
  • It also allows you to put the screen up with the code as well as the results or questions so that students can view them on a projector screen. 

I was very excited to find this handy tool. I can see the Questioning feature being very helpful during videos or at home assignments. I would definitely make sure you set rules about what is appropriate to enter. I also love the idea of using the polls as entrance/exit tickets. 

So how would you use Slido? I would love to hear your ideas! Please post your ideas in the comments below. 

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