After you’ve become an expert at using all the standard elements of Zoom (chat, breakout rooms, whiteboard, annotation and polls), you might want to progress to using external tools that offer more flexibility and creativity. Here are 3 great tech tools that you can use with thinking routines and art.
At the start of every in-person Visible Thinking in the Museum training, I used to ask participants to grab a post-it note and write down their expectations for the day. We would then stick all the post-its onto a whiteboard or flip-over. The trouble was, those at the back couldn’t actually see what was written on the sticky notes and they all kept falling off the board too…
So, I was on the lookout for an alternative and came across Mentimeter in 2017. Mentimeter is interactive presentation software that allows you to interact with your audience using real-time voting. No installations or downloads are required – and the basic version is free! It allows you to gather input from participants (either remote or in-person) with live polls, quizzes, word clouds, Q&As and more. Your audience can use their computers or phones to connect to your presentation and answer your questions (anonymously). It makes in-person and online sessions much more engaging and interactive. See below for an interactive word cloud my participants created at my Visible Thinking in the Museum training in 2017.