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Polldaddy and other polling and survey tools

by Kelly Walsh on June 3, 2010


I’ve been using Polldaddy to integrate brief polls into this blog, and some other free tools for similar purposes.

I just added a new Poll on the site here, to get a sense of what types of posts are favored by readers (this has long since been taken down – KW 9/8/12). I’ve had a few other polls here, and have been using Polldaddy to create the polls and embed them on the site here. This functionality is free from Polldaddy.

Polldaddy also works for creating stand-alone web based surveys. They offer limited functionality for free, and have paid plans providing more extensive functionality. I thought it was worth mentioning here, along with some other free tools I’ve used for similar purposes.

I am a big a fan of SurveyMonkey – I use it frequently to create top-notch web based surveys for free (I just realized I’ve never posted about this great tool! I’ve now added it to my list of future topics). I have also found Doodle to be great for simple polls, especially as a tool for scheduling training sessions (see this post for more on that).

If anyone has any feedback or comments on PollDaddy or any other free polling and survey tools, please drop a comment and share! Thanks.

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Doodle – a quick, easy, and free resource for creating polls
Free Tools & Resources (post category)


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by 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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hedge October 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I use Createsurvey from – same features, great service and also some extra – offline services, they out all my paper works into a database, now I have all my polls in the software files.

K. Walsh June 5, 2010 at 6:31 am

Thanks for these insights Derrick – I didn’t realize Google Docs forms could work in this way. I’ll have to try it out. sounds great too. I love this kind of informative feedback! Thanks again.

Derrick June 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I’ve been using Google Docs forms for classroom and teacher surveys for quite some time now. Having the results published straight into a Google Docs spreadsheet makes it super easy.

I’ve recently become a fan of, a service that’s free for teachers and allows you to create text message polls and see results in real time. It’s great to bring up on the projector and allow students to see how their votes are counted. It’s also an easy and fun way to integrate cellphones into the classroom!

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