I recently came across a powerful application which has allowed me to use Twitter to set up a polling page on my class Moodle – hence Twoodle (Twitter + Moodle) Polls. It is fairly easy to set up, once you have grabbed the code from SAP Web 2.0 and pasted it into an HTML page. You simply use the options available on the chart which displays the votes as they are cast to set up your options. Students then vote by sending a tweet @votebytweet with the option number and the topic term in the tweet. The results display on the Moodle page in real-time, and can be accessed from home, or on a mobile device, or displayed on the Interactive White Board.
This makes for quite a powerful tool because you can set up a poll in a few minutes, and the poll can be taken in class, or before or after the class. This makes it useful with a flipped classroom situation. If a poll is taken before the class it can form the basis for in-class discussion, for example. Or it can be used as part of the reflection process.
From the student point of view the poll is easy to take using a simple tweet. Students seem to enjoy the process, and are greatly taken by seeing the graph change as they vote. You can set up the duration of the poll, keeping it to a single day, or over a two-week period, making it a flexible tool to use.
Getting the Code
To grab the code you need to go to http://www.sapweb20.com/blog/powerpoint-twitter-tools/ and download the PowerPoint slide. Then go to http://www.sapweb20.com/blog/powerpoint-twitter-tools/instructions/#twittervote and follow the on-screen instructions.
Very basically, you open the slide and run it in slide-show mode (F5). When you get to the Twitter Voting slide, click on the code icon at the bottom right hand side of the screen. This will open up a box with the HTML code in it, which you can tweak a bit, or paste into an HTML page as is!