In light of the Coronavirus, I asked our LinkedIN group for their best suggestions to keep any virtual meeting and learning event fun. Whether you’re working from home, conducting online meetings, webinars, or facilitating remote learning, these tips will serve you well. In this four-part series, I’ve synthesized the suggestions and broken them into several categories:
This post focuses on STEP 3.
After you’ve selected your online meeting tool, these resources will help make the remote gathering fun:
Audience response tools require participants to download the app to their phone, then enter a code or access key to participate.
Mentimeter (like CloudVote below) is a tool to “make your audience feel involved by enabling them to contribute to presentations with their smartphones and show the results live.” Mentimeter has variable pricing for schools and businesses, which vary based on the size of the group and the features you wish to use.
Have everyone use their cell phone to “vote” and see the group’s synthesized results on your PowerPoint slide. A one-month subscription is $250. A one-year subscription for CloudVOTE is $720 at time of writing.
Engage groups using pollling, surveys, word-clouds, Q&A and more. PollEverywhere has multiple subscription plans ranging from $120 – $1000 annually.
Try a virtual scavenger hunt….give them a list of facts, applications, tasks, that they can complete or have to find within their work environment. Assign point values to each item, “penalties” for incorrect items, and bonus points for completing it both correctly and quickly. ~ Ronald Blumenthal
Scavify is a great scavenger hunt app and user support really great. Leaderboard in view at all times as are all the photo uploads and GPS check ins. ~ Tina Storey
The folks at MeetingSpicer.com shared this tool to get people talking and interacting. To start, all you need is for one person to roll a die, or pick a number from one to six, then see which question will get you started. See the MeetingSpicer Notes here.