Poll Everywhere vs. Top Hat

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a simple web-based application for audience participation. Used in higher learning institutions, Poll Everywhere allows instructors to gather feedback from students in the classroom by embedding polls, questions, and competitions into presentations.

Top Hat

Top Hat is the only all-in-one teaching app that enables professors to facilitate active learning and get feedback on student progress before, during, and after class. With Top Hat you can:

  • Make your presentations interactive with polls and assessments
  • Get feedback on student progress
  • Save time with automatic grading
  • Adopt and customize premade course content

Poll Everywhere alternative? Here’s how we compare:

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Engage students with ten different question types—including click on target, video assignments, and drawing questions

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Secure attendance

Secure attendance

Track class attendance and auto-assign grades by prompting students to sign in on their devices

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Class discussions

Class discussions

Ask questions that may not have a simple or absolute answer with Top Hat’s versatile discussion feature

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Ready-made question packs

Ready-made question packs

Choose from hundreds of customizable question packs across a variety of disciplines in the Top Hat Marketplace

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Ease of use

Ease of use

Top Hat’s Presentation Tool is designed to integrate with your preferred presentation software, whether it’s PowerPoint, Keynote, or any other application

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Real-time feedback

Real-time feedback

View student progress, identify struggling students and offer extra support with Top Hat’s Gradebook and Weekly Course Report

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Dedicated support

Dedicated support

Industry-leading instructional design and technical support for educators and students

Create an inclusive learning environment with Top Hat

Teaching inclusively means designing and teaching courses in ways that foster talent in all students. Top Hat is dedicated to designing our websites, applications, and features so that they are accessible to as many users as possible. 

Compared to Poll Everywhere, our dedicated support and instructional design teams will help you cater Top Hat’s platform to the specific teaching and learning needs in your course. Interactive readings, assignments, and lecture slides are available before, during and after class so professors can minimize learning inequalities and help more students succeed. As an instructor, when you switch over from Poll Everywhere, you also receive regular feedback from Top Hat so you can see how many students are having trouble with a particular concept or skill.

See what these professors have to say about Top Hat

“I use Top Hat to take attendance and assign readings so that I can track what students understand. With Top Hat, I have a much higher attendance rate, and I know exactly where students are on several concepts.” 

Adrienne Brundage

Instructional Assistant Professor, Entomology, Texas A&M University

“Top Hat really does it all. For me, the primary selling point for Top Hat is that it provides a foundation for me to build content. I can build my own questions exactly how I want them and can design a customized course from the ground up.”

Joshua Osbourn

Teaching Associate Professor, Chemistry, West Virginia University

“Top Hat allows more introverted students to participate in my class without having to raise their hand and speak to the whole class. In addition, students who attend class and participate, consistently perform higher in the class than those that don’t. With Top Hat, I now have the data to back that up.”

Margaret Sequeira

Adjunct Professor, Philosophy, Virginia Commonwealth University

Frequently asked questions

Can I use Top Hat with PowerPoint?

Yes, your slides can be edited using the full functionality of PowerPoint. Top Hat’s Presentation Tool will save you from having to switch back-and-forth between windows.

Is Top Hat secure?

Top Hat takes user data security extremely seriously and we have numerous technical and operational measures in place to ensure that customer data remains safe.

Can Top Hat track the student’s locations?

Top Hat is not tracking your location all of the time, only when you are participating in a secure attendance session.

How much does Top Hat cost?

One term costs students $30; for professors it’s free.

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