There are many effective strategies for gauging audience knowledge, opinions and feedback during conferences, staff meetings, or professional developments. The advantage toward using technology is minimising workload, analysis, and physical processing of the information collected. Of course, you still need to process and analyse the information collected in your own brain, but why collate, type and word-process information from your colleagues, when an app or program can do that part for you?
I'm writing this post because I want to help and share the programs and apps I have both been a participant in using, or ones I've implemented through leading meetings/PD's or conferences. These could minimise workload for presenters, whilst scaffolding technology use for teachers & participants. Not only could this be relevant for those presenting for leadership purposes, but many of the apps and programs can be used in the classroom too.
Click the title of each section, to access more information about each program/app.
A web-based program which 'gamifies' and creates a competitive natured quiz. Although, I'm not always a huge fan on competitive programs such as this, there are functions so you can use it just for feedback (no points given). In a supportive and well established environment, I think a bit of competition can be fun and I have seen this as being effective in staff meeting/conference contexts. Participant can log into with a code through: https://kahoot.it
Create a Kahoot quiz by creating an account via: https://create.kahoot.it
Example: During or After your staff meeting/conference, gauge the audience knowledge & awareness through questions generated. Participants could also work in partners (e.g.: Person A answers first, Person B answers second).
Team this online program with KAGAN Co-operative Structures such as Round Table/Round Table Consensus/Jot thoughts to ensure all participants talk to each other and engage interactively. To make the Padlet easy to access, shorten the URL in http://bit.ly or create a QR code for participants to scan on tablet/iPads.
Example: Padlet can complement the structure 'Jot Thoughts' for instance, at a recent PD I asked participants to give two thoughts each, they typed this electronically onto the Padlet once they had told their team. The information was easily accessible to all and was collated electronically.
Google Forms (Web)
This program is fantastic for establishing diagnostic, formative or summative knowledge of an audience, and gauging feedback about a presentation. It offers many choices for how participants construct their answer (scales, multiple choice, short answer, etc).
Idea: Establishing teacher comfortability with using and establishing a questionnaire is great to encourage use for their own classrooms and for NAPLAN Online preparation.
Example: I have used this, this year so far, to establish a whole school survey about staff comfortability with technology so that our DT Team can discuss which aspects to focus on when supporting staff.
This app is one of my favourites for small or whole group brainstorming. It is great teamed alongside KAGAN Structures such as Round Table Consensus and Rally Robin.
Example: Could be used for brainstorming toward Whole School Planning Ideas and Document creation, as you can establish separate pages, or, ask staff to offer feedback on various topics of discussion.
This app has had recent updates, so should be functioning more effectively this year. I used this last year in the classroom for measuring knowledge and identifying key focus areas for learning.
Example: In a leadership context, I see that this could be used to measure staff knowledge on various topics of discussion. As a leader, you could establish areas of need for professional development.
A great app, if you have limited access to devices. Just print out the little barcodes and have the audience give their feedback by turning their barcode to their preferred answer.
Example: Pose diagnostic, formative or summative questions to gauge audience involvement, knowledge and areas of need.
- Miss Dodds