Teachers, in turn, are finding that having students text answers to questions via websites allows them an on-the-spot gauge of student understanding. For such quick assessments, many teachers use the free Web tool www.polleverywhere.com to get instant feedback from short multiple-choice tests as well as from responses to more open-ended questions. The website enables teachers to post or graph student answers on electronic whiteboards in real time—fast results that both students and teachers like.
This idea gives a whole new meaning to QuickWrites or Bellringers. Students are starting to roam the halls (without breaking the rules) with the cellphones in their hands at my school. They can freely text or call in designated areas starting just this year. So, what is quicker to pull out… the blank-paper/pen combo or the cell phone? Which one do they use more often?