As summer comes to a close and we start gearing up for a new semester, a cool new toy to play with will take the pressure off. The cool toy I have for you today is called Poll Everywhere. It's like clickers without the need for special hardware. Your students can use their phones to answer questions, either through a text message, or through a web site if they have a smart phone. Students in a computer lab can answer questions by going to the web site as well.
Poll Everywhere creates a PowerPoint slide you can copy into your presentation which will show the results live as they come in. For Higher Ed, they have a pricing plan that will allow many faculty to use it free. You can poll as many as 32 students for each class, for an unlimited number of classes.