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ShakeSpeak is a voting tool that can be used during lectures to interact with your students. After downloading the software, you can add questions to a Powerpoint slide. During the actual presentation, the students are invited to respond using their mobile phones or laptops. They can ‘vote’ on multiple choice questions or type in answers to open questions.

Reactions come in (anonymously or not, that's up to you) via SMS or internet, and are published real time on the presenter's screen. Results can be downloaded after the presentation.

Why Shakespeak

  • Poll the audience with questions about the learning materials.
  • Quickly check your students’ existing knowledge to gauge the level of instruction.
  • Receive open feedback to discuss as a group.
  • Use Shakespeak for diagnostic testing.

On this page you will find a short evaluation of first Shakespeak users.

How to use

ShakeSpeak can be installed on any Windows-based workstation, and is also available on the Windows computers in te lecture halls at our university. Shakespeak will not work on other operating systems. If you are looking for an alternative solution, you could check out Socrative or VoxVote.

How to get started

The ShakeSpeak Manual contains UT-specific info about installation and use. A tutorial video gives more information about how to get started. To use Shakespeak for more than 20 students, you need a Shakespeak account (see the manual). You can e-mail a request to


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