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Doodle – a quick, easy, and free resource for creating polls

by Kelly Walsh on August 12, 2009

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This week’s mid week update is about a great, simple free tool I’ve used recently and found quite effective for taking quick polls. Doodle.com allows you to send a link out to users where they can easily and quickly click and make a selection from a range of choices you lay out. I just used it to have users self-select from a range of training dates. It took about 10 minutes to set up, and produced a self managed process that required very little administrative effort. If I did this the way I used to – by sending out an email and then having people email me back first and second choices, and then setting these up in a worksheet and responding to users to let them know which dates worked and which didn’t and so on, it could have taken hours to administer, versus very little time with Doodle. Very productive! A great way to take quick polls in the classroom. If this sounds useful, give it a shot – for the right application, it is spot-on.

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Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded EmergingEdTech.com. As an education and instructional technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, regularly running Flipped Class Workshops online. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Kelly also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by kwalshmusic.com and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Dodie Ainslie June 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I agree- love this tool! Gone are the days when you had to send an email to a distribution list and try to keep track of when everyone can meet- at a glance you can see and schedule. Doodle is a huge timesaver!

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