Classes across campus are ditching clicker questions and implementing the modern Poll Everywhere app for in-class questions, but professors in the biology department worried that might just encourage students to play around on their phones. It simply seemed too easy to answer the question and then flip over to Facebook or Twitter and get sucked down the social media rabbithole. But research by Naresh Oli and Dylan Moorleghen showed that students really don’t spend any more time on their phones with Poll Everywhere than with traditional clickers. Through secret observations of biology lectures, they recorded no increase in phone use, but they did find some interesting trends in phone use and where students sat in the room. The most phone-centric section sat in the top left corner, as far away from the professor as possible. This helped biology professors fully implement Poll Everywhere into their lectures and demonstrate it wouldn’t negatively impact students.

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