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With Poll Everywhere for Google Slides, a Presenter can insert activities directly into their Google Slide presentations. From activities like Multiple choice and Word cloud to Surveys and even Competitions, a few clicks will get you up and running. Presenters can also create new activities from within the extension without having to leave their presentation and log into the website. Follow the steps below to get the presentation set up and begin interacting with the audience.
Step 1: Open a Google Slides presentation.
Step 2: Click the Poll Everywhere extension tab in the taskbar.
Step 3: Select Log in from the Poll Everywhere menu. (If currently logged in, skip to Step 5 below.)
Step 4: Log in or sign up for a new account.
Step 5: Once you are logged in, again click the Poll Everywhere extension tab, hover over the Insert option, then select Activity from the menu.
Step 6: Select the activities you want to insert by clicking the checkboxes then click the Insert slide button on the ribbon. Alternatively, you can create a new activity by clicking the New activity button in the top right corner of the Poll Everywhere window.
Helpful tip: If you want to use the Activity flows option on a Multiple choice activity, select the individual activity to insert and will be provided the option. Check out the Activity flows article for more information about this feature.
Step 7: A message appears informing the Presenter the activity is inserting into the slide.
Step 8: After all the activities you selected have been inserted, slides with mockups of your activities appear in the presentation deck.
This placeholder slide is indicated by blue marks in the corners that tell the system where to display your activity. The mockup may not show the latest changes if you edited the activity recently. Do not be alarmed. You are now ready to present.
More useful tips
Be logged in
Make sure to be logged into the Poll Everywhere for Google Slides with the same account the activity was created under.
Arranging the presentation
Activity slides will fill the whole screen. For that reason, it's best to not put anything else on the slide.
Tips on using Competitions
When inserting a Competition into the Google Slides presentation, it will insert the Competition with a welcome slide and a slide for each phase of every question (Question, Answer options, Responses, and Leaderboard). For example, if you have a four-question Competition, the extension app will insert 17 slides: Four for each question and one title slide.
Helpful tip: While the Presenter can drag and drop Competition slides to rearrange the questions, it is recommended the Presenter rearrange them through the web before inserting them into the presentation. If the Presenter must adjust the order in their presentation (e.g. lack the time to adjust them on the web and reinsert the Competition), be sure to keep all the phases for each question together and in the same order or things might get really confusing.
Tips on using Surveys
The placeholder slide for a Survey looks a little different. It still has blue marks in the corners but the slide itself contains only the Survey title and instructions to respond. Otherwise, it’s blank.
While presenting a Survey, rather than showing responses to individual questions, the slide will update showing participants’ progress through the Survey. Learn more about this from our article on Presenting surveys.
For more information on using Google Slides for live audience interaction, check out the article on Presenting your activities with Poll Everywhere for Google Slides.
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