VCE Health and Human Development - Digi Dialogues

Unit 3 Curriculum Story Lesson plan Student work

Unit 3 - Australia’s health

Daniel’s story, Greensborough College

Daniel

Daniel is a pre-service Health and Human Development and Home Economics teacher who was on teaching placement at Greensborough College when this pilot project commenced. Daniel was keen to expand his use of digital learning tools in the classroom. Over the course of this pilot, he also developed a willingness and desire to share his experiences so that other teachers and students could benefit from digital learning in their classrooms.

One particular online tool that Daniel’s students responded to very positively was Poll Everywhere. Daniel used Poll Everywhere during a revision lesson for Unit 3 just prior to a school-assessed coursework on the National Health Priority Areas (NHPAs) and the role nutrition plays in addressing specific conditions within NHPAs.

Poll Everywhere allows for the creation of polls and quizzes with the option of true-false, multiple choice, short answer or word cloud responses. Students access the poll via a digital device such as their smart phone, tablet or computer, and responses are submitted by typing in a code. Further information can be found on the Poll Everywhere website.

Daniel created a PowerPoint of revision questions to use with the Poll Everywhere tool. His focus was to determine what students knew and where they still needed to revise. He was able to do this with whole class participation while maintaining the anonymity of student responses.

‘Before using Poll Everywhere I probably would have asked students the same questions with a hand-up for response system. This favours loud/confident students and forgets more passive/not confident students. The tool was great for engaging with the whole class.’

Daniel has continued to use Poll Everywhere in other lessons, alternating the type and format of questions, allowing his students to self-assess Looking to the future, Daniel feels he is ‘more willing to trial new technologies.’

Poll Everywhere helped students be reflective on their learning.

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Indicators of success

A high student response rate was achieved for this activity. This could have been attributed to the anonymity of responses, allowing students to feel comfortable to express their answers without fear of being wrong or judged.

‘Students were engaged and gave plenty of ‘’wows’’ and ‘’cools’’. Students were excited by the new technology and it really made them engaged.’

‘Students liked the dynamic nature of the questioning and were all looking at the screen ready to see all responses.’

‘Before using Poll Everywhere I probably would have asked students the same questions with a hand-up for response system. This favours loud/confident students and forgets more passive/not confident students. The tool was great for engaging with the whole class.’

Teacher reflections

Students answered all questions.

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Student reflections

It was more interactive, we got to see other students’ thoughts about nutrition.

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Daniel’s tips

  • Questions can be downloaded directly from the Poll Everywhere website into a PowerPoint; however, creating your own PowerPoint with the questions and including visual aids/pictures might be more successful.
  • Although Poll Everywhere has developed ‘how-to’ slides, it is perhaps easier to have a sample question to familiarise students with the process, and just tell the students that they really only need the Poll Everywhere phone number or website to respond.
  • Functionality of the screen ‘freeze’ and ‘no show’ options are very useful when conducting your poll or quiz so students are not influenced by the responses of others.
  • Poll Everywhere is not suitable for extended response questions.
  • It is beneficial for students to record questions they did not know the answer to in order to guide their revision.

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