Running a Poli session is easy

Get up and running with our quick guide to leading a session

Choose a lesson plan

From the dashboard you can access a range of shared lesson plans as well as lesson plans that you’ve created yourself.

Start a session

Once you've chosen a lesson plan, click start session to get your code. If you're using Poli remotely with video-conferencing software then you're now ready to start your call. If your students have two devices available they can run the video conferencing software on one device and Poli on the other. If not, they can open two tabs on one device.

Your students will need to enter their name and the entry code at to join the session.

Once they have joined you will see their names appear in a list at the bottom of the screen. You can see what they see on their screens in the student view.

What's in a lesson plan?

Each lesson plan consists of a number of sections. You can navigate through the whole session using the left and right arrows or the tabs on the left side of the screen. Each section is made up of:

  1. an introduction
  2. a video
  3. one or more questions
  4. a conclusion

In each of these there are teacher notes to provide extra guidance. Only the session leader can see these notes. The teacher notes is also where you can find links to additional learning, information, or helpful PDFs.

Playing the video

Videos are controlled by you as session leader. When you are ready to play the video, it plays on the students' devices (except for iOS devices where they will be prompted to play and pause their video as you do).

Things to remember

  • Make sure they have their volume up so that they can hear it.
  • You might need everyone to mute their microphones while the video plays

Asking and answering questions

As you work through the questions, students respond by selecting the relevant options on their screen. There’s no timer - you control the pace of the lesson. As they respond, you can see who has responded and what their answers are at the bottom of the screen. You can also see if they have answered correctly - this allows you to give further guidance as required.

When everyone has answered (and when you are ready) click the 'next' button to lock in their answers and display the correct and incorrect answers. Your students will be able to see on their screen whether they've answered correctly.

Once you’re done, simply hit ‘end session’.