Audience Response & Backchannel Tools

Last updated: November 21, 2019 at 19:16 pm

Tools used to gain live audience responses and/or build a backchannel. Listed in alphabetical order.
means is on the Top Tools for Learning 2019.

AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 185
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Class Pager
Engage your classroom with polls, exit tickets, after-class reminders, and more — delivered to each student on their own phone or tablet.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

A solution for teachers that complements in-class teaching with immediate feedback on students’ level of understanding.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Lightweight, credit card-sized CLiKAPAD handheld voting device is used in audience participation as an effective polling system
Cost: Commercial. Hire/purchase devices  |  Available: Download software

Unique technology to engage your employees and your successful events and trainings
Cost: Commercial |  Available: Installed

Audience engagement software to share slides directly to smartphones. And gain analytics, via interactive features such as polling and Q&A to improve participants experience.
Cost: Free and Premium versions |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 162
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Google Slides
Presentation software with live Q&A.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system – for schools, universities and businesses.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 21
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Mentimeter is a cloud-based tool that lets you engage and interact with your audience in real-time.
Cost: Free and premium plans |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 201: 41
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Our audience response system displays live feedback on people’s opinions and knowledge. It’s super-easy to use with your Microsoft PowerPoint slides for voting, engagement and assessment.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Plickers is a tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices
Cost: Free  |  Availability: Download app
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 102
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Poll Everywhere
Poll Everywhere is an easy way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, etc –  using SMS, web, or Twitter.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 62
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Let your audience vote and ask questions with their mobile phone.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted
Live Q&A, polls and slide-sharing for events.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted

Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 119
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The Answer Pad
A Student Response System Together With A Grading Solution for Your Quizzes!
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

A tool to isolate a Twitter hashtag to view all the tweets and tweet yourself. Useful for live Twitter chats.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Create a waterfall of tweets around a specific hashtag – useful for backchannels at events.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Wooclap is a collaborative platform for your classes, conferences and training sessions. It makes your presentations interactive.
Cost: Free and paid plans  |  Availability: Online

Transform your meetings, presentations, lessons and events by empowering everyone to participate from their own device.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted