Your students want you to know their opinions but doing it and teaching class can be a bit cumbersome and time consuming. You can take polls of your students in many ways. One of my favorites is found at www.polleverywhere.com Take polls in your classroom (up to 40 students – they upped it from 32!) for free without using any student response systems – students can use their CELL PHONES! Poll everywhere is an audience response system that uses mobile phones, twitter, and the web and has been used by many major companies. Responses are displayed in real-time on gorgeous charts in PowerPoint or post results right to your blog.
Want an educators introduction to Poll Everywhere? There is a nice little video on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZWM2-4Jf4k and an article on novemberlearning.com at http://novemberlearning.com/resources/handouts/real-time-assessment-with-poll-everywhere/
You can even use poll everywhere to make word clouds… check out a great blog (Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne) to learn about this feature available at Poll Everywhere at: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/08/create-word-clouds-from-poll-everywhere.html .