We are running into the 21st century where technology is taking over every niche and corner. If we keep on teaching our children the way we taught them yesterday, we would deprive them of their tomorrow. Digital interaction tools like interactive event apps and technology are the new answer to enhance students learning and creative skills.
Estonia is named ‘the most advanced digital society in the world’ by Wired, who have built an efficient, secure and transparent e-ecosystem for their citizens. One of the example how digitalization took place in schools was the development of “e-kool” (e-school) system, which is a platform that is now used in almost every school in Estonia.This platform connects students, teachers and parents, which helps them to get access to grades and information easily. The more the era of digitalisation grows, the more it is also integrated into our educational systems.
Worksup interaction and event networking app and offers interactive tools like live polls, text tasks and imaginative picture tasks. We believe that schools should use digital interaction tools for group work and home tasks. Researchers have stated that group projects can help students to develop a host of skills that are increasingly important in the later professional world (Caruso & Woolley, 2008; Mannix & Neale, 2005). If students are learning to collaborate together, they will be most certainly more ready for the upcoming employment years.
First of all, for an engagement you could use both informative and fun tasks. If you use the same old methods and tools before the Internet was born, you might lose your students attention.
“Students do not pay attention continuously for 10-20 minutes during a lecture. Instead, their attention alternates between being engaged and unengaged in ever-shortening cycles throughout the lecture segment.” (Bunce, D.M., Flens, E.A., and Neiles, K.Y. 2010).
Thus, supporting on this research and results from the interaction app Worksup, teachers could use imaginative teaching and management strategies to enhance the development of their students’ adaptable attention processes for their interactive events.
Koidula Gymnasium comments: “We used Worksup interaction and event networking app for a school conference and it really gave our student event a new and professional look. With Worksup students could easily see the conference agenda and (anonymously) ask questions they maybe would not dare in front of everyone. Also they had a easy and quick way to give feedback and much more.”
Student event in Estonia, Pärnu Koidula Gymnasium
Interactive attention tasks
For example, if your wish is to get secondary school students attention, you should think about the ways how to communicate with children whose attention is probably not the same level as it could be with grown ups. Thus, how you could do this effectively? Here are few examples how you could use Worksup interaction tools to enhance the experience.
Before you start your class, ask them something fun and try to get them comfortable with their new learning tools.
1. Give your opinion how this subject makes you feel?
2. I want to persuade my career in this field
3. I want to escape on a small island
4. I want more information about this
5. I think we could do more practical work
6. Choose your own
Say one positive thing about this subject?
Later you could show one big and beautiful word cloud which describes how the majority of the class feels about the subject.
Take into groups and make a fun group picture using only your eyes (cover the rest of your face with a text book or smth fun).
Now, how you can use interaction tools to enhance better understanding on the subjects you are teaching. Another tip would be that don’t over use it, ask questions which are relevant to the subject.
In what areas we need artificial intelligence the most?
3. Business processes
5. Name yourself
How we can apply AI in our day-to-day lives? Describe in your own words.
Gather a group and draw a picture of the future AI technology in schools and share this through Worksup interaction app.
In conclusion, we can say that eventually there is no right or wrong answer. Still, if we look at the facts and how technology is evolving into our lives, it would be falling behind, if we would not use it for our benefit technology and educations could start early stages of our lives and most of all – learning should be fun and interactive! Technology and event interaction app like Worksup could be the solution for teachers and students educational needs. Worksup is free for Educational Institutions, thus, do not hesitate to ask us more ideas and question how you could use it in your school.
When you are an event manager, there are probably plenty of times when you have ran out of ideas while organising the same event series. To make this constant search for ideas easier, we have collected 4 creative interactive event ideas. Using these ideas will help you produce outstanding audience engagement with the content and strengthen your participants overall learning experience.
1) Picture tasks with an event app
At the UX To The Future, which was an e-government conference, held in 2018 in Estonia, we came across a creative panel idea that quickly pulled people in and enlivened the audience. We used imaginative picture tasks through an interactive event app Worksup where people were creating different tasks, taking pictures and uploading them in the application. This kind of assignment not only made the participants think how they could solve the task but also creatively think how they will use the event app in its best way to bring out their ideas.
The participants cut out their answers from series of pre-prepared sentences. While they did this, the organizers posed the same questions to the audience through fun live polls. At the end, each team compared and commented on the results.
This kind of format stimulated focused thinking among the attendees. As a result, the session achieved a remarkable level of engagement with over 200 members participating at the same time.
2) Fireside chat during the conference
Firechat chat creates a smooth conversation between two or more people which helps to make the atmosphere a lot more comfortable more engaging. This year’s event at the Esha 2018 conference, event managers used the fire chat method quite effectively, the idea was to bring out the points which needed more insights and thoughts behind the concept.
Mindvalley CEO, Vishen Lakhiani
Vishen Lakhiani, who is the founder of Mindvalley, was talking inspiringly about how to transform education and leadership in an age of exponential technologies. Afterwards his presentation he answered various questions from the audience and moderators. Lakhiani was actually that inspired from the fireside chat, he stood up and explained passionately about the idea behind is company even more in depth.
Extra tip: If there are too many unanswered questions, write these on your event’s blog.
3) Campfire storytime
To take the interaction a step further, you could have few speakers at the same time, telling their inspirational stories in a short period of time. It creates a campfire feeling, where people tell their stories, which enables to relate to each other. This kind of storytelling is a great way to stimulate people’s learning process.
EDU EXEX in Tallinn
These sessions are usually short and last about 20-30 minutes all together. One of the examples could be Education Technology EXEX 2018, where we had different schools on the stage, talking about their success stories regarding the technology usage. There were about 3-4 teachers on the stage at the same time, where everyone had a piece of story to tell. The audience had a chance to rate each speaker and ask questions through Q&A session. Campfire sessions create an excellent place for people to learn from their peers, share experiences and build new connections.
4) Interactive quiz with a mobile event app
If your event has multiple sessions running at the same time, you can actually help the attendees choose the right sessions by running an introduction quiz or in other words – live polling. You can create a pre-event survey and let the participants guess the answers. When the answers have rolled in, you can send back the feedback. For example, in the Worksup event app, you can easily create polls in these kind of occasions and later export data and share it with your attendees. Leverage these tips to deliver an outstanding event experience for your attendees.
Event tech tools like event apps or event software have become must have tools for most of the event managers. They help to manage events more effectively, increase audience interaction and the value of your event. Event tech is no longer just a fancy word, it has become an inseparable part of event management. The cost of event apps have also dramatically decreased during last years.
We’ve come up with the list of 7 event tech tools that you should definitely try at your next event.
1) Slack – get your team organized
When your team needs to kick off a project, review an event sales contract, finalize budget, plan the next meeting, and more, Slack has you covered. Great tool for a team to be fully organised for your busy schedule full of events.
2) Elementor – make a simple website for your customers
Elementor is the first full free & open source frontend page builder, that includes full access to all the design features you might need. What is great, no coding is needed and you can make a website for your customers within minutes.
3) Eventbrite – use the ultimate ticketing platform
Eventbrite is a global marketplace for live experiences and the ultimate ticketing platform. Easy way to get your attendees registered and free as long as you don’t charge for tickets.
4) Worksup – go digital to boost interaction and networking
Worksups main focus is improving audience interaction at events. Therefore we’ve developed features like Q&A, tasks – polls, text tasks and image tasks, which all allows you to engage your participants in real time. Also, you can brand your event, create agenda and use networking tool to find people with similar interests.
5) Socialtables – arrange your venue
Social tables is a software that allows you to make accurate room layouts, arrange seating and manage onsite check-in. Social tables are really great at helping you visualize how your event should look like and generate new ideas for your event.
6) Livestream – expand your audience
Live-streaming is an effective way to expand your audience and reach thousands of other people that cannot be at your event in person, but still would like to be part of it. Livestream is the ultimate solution for bringing your events live online.
7) Sponsor my event – find your sponsors
Sponsors are one of the most important part of your event. Sponsormyevent is the right place where to start looking for event sponsorship – it helps to match event planners with sponsors.
Sponsor my event
Live polls, text tasks and image tasks can be great icebreakers to kick off any event and engage people at the same time. However, event managers schedules can get hectic at times, thus here are some tips and ideas what questions to ask with an event interaction and networking app Worksup. Therefore, take your audience interaction to the next level and break the ice between your attendees.
Get to know questions
Get to know questions are a great way to help you understand the audience and decide how to communicate with your attendees. These questions are especially great for trainings and workshops.
1. What is your current position?
- Enter your own choice:
Worksup event app, poll view
2. What country you are from?
- Other, what?
3. How many years do you have expertise in marketing?
- 1-2 years
- 3 years
- 5 years
- Over 5 years
OPEN END (PRESENT RESULTS AS A WORD CLOUD):
4. Name 1-3 keywords what motivates you the most about your work.
Worksup event app, Text Task
5. Name 1-3 reasons why this kind of event is important for you personally.
Worksup event app, Word Cloud
6. Take a picture of your group members.
Worksup event app, Picture Task
7. Take a picture of most stylish participant of the conference (ask for permission)
Content is a fundamental part of the event. To ensure it matches to your attendees’ needs, kick off with an icebreaker live poll, text task and image task to discover their expectations and learning objectives.
8. What would you like to get most out of this event?
- Enter your own choice:
Worksup event app, Polls View
OPEN END (PRESENTS RESULTS AS A WORD CLOUD):
9.Using only one word, describe what would be a perfect take away from this event for you.
10. Gather into a group and draw a picture of what was the best idea you got from this event. Take a picture of that drawing.
Worksup event app, Picture View
Icebreakers are a great way to create friendly atmosphere and bring new energy into the room. Don’t be afraid to be funny, humour works the best!
11. How do you feel this morning?
- Sleepy, I need a nap
- Full of energy, excited about the event
- In love, this happened recently
Worksup event app, Polls View
OPEN END (PRESENT RESULTS AS A WORD CLOUD):
12. Describe in few words what you like the most about your boss.
13. Gather into a group, discuss briefly and draw few things that are essential at the workplace.
14. Gather into group of 5 and take a group photo. Name your group.
Field of expertise
Ask your audience their field of expertise questions to collect data and share to other platforms. This is also great for trainings, workshops and for other events where there are group tasks.
15. How would you measure GDPR success in 5 years?
16. Scale 1-10; 1=companies ignore the GDPR law.
17. 10=successful=majority of the companies have successfully adapted the GDPR law.
18. Which technology is most used by your website users?
- Ipad or tablet
- Mobile Phone
OPEN END (PRESENT RESULTS AS A WORD CLOUD):
19. Using one word, what’s the biggest challenge your business is facing?
20. Describe in one word what was your company’s biggest accomplishment last year.
21. Draw a picture of the future mobile phone. Take a photo of the picture.
Event interaction and networking apps are getting more popular each year. Tech-savvy attendees expect to use mobile event apps at the events and conferences, to check the agenda and use various interaction tools like Q&A, tasks or networking features. Conference apps help you to deliver a personalised experience at scale, but there are many apps out there which are offering large range of features, so how do you choose the best event interaction and networking app available? Here is the list of the five event apps with 10 key functions what an event interaction app should have:
Conference breaks down usually to two essentials for participants: speakers and networking. So, the best event apps should provide mostly the opportunity to see the agenda, bookmark the sessions, read details about the speakers and network online with other like minded attendees. In the following we will explore all the features separately:
Comprehensive agenda is necessary for the participants access to the latest event schedule at their fingertips. In order to avoid agenda printouts, create the agenda easily in the app. Thus, choose an app which already has an agenda feature to avoid the hassle to use separate apps or web browsers. Three event apps out of five like MeetApp, Pigeonhole and Worksup have agenda features. Event apps Slido and Mentimeter do not provide agenda function.
Event Agenda, event app Worksup
Q&A sessions helps to boost the audience engagement by displaying the top questions live during the speaker session. To organise a successful conference, it’s important that your participants’ voices will be heard. From comparison table, all the five event and conference apps have a Q&A feature, but they don’t offer similar functions.
For instance, with Mentimeter and MeetApp, you can’t upvote each others questions. Event apps Worksup, Slido and Pigeonhole provide possibility to upvote the questions, which is a great opportunity for the organiser to see what questions actually matter to the audience.
Live polls able the participants to vote on predefined answers using their device web browser or app. Results are usually shown in real-time on the screen as a bar or pie chart. All 5 apps provide possibility to create polls but are very different visually. To be effective also on the screen, the bar or pie chart should have a resolution fit to the particular screen. For example, event app Worksup enables to modify the text size of the bar or pie diagram and create loop slides and adjust the timing.
Live Polls, Worksup
Text tasks & Word cloud
Text tasks able the organiser to gather participant views with an open text. This is excellent for group work answers. To sum up the session gathered answers can be summarised with a word cloud. Word clouds are usually in the shape of the cloud, presenting the most popular words used during the session. All of the five apps named above provide the function, although every app is in a different shape or colour. For instance, live polling app Slido and Mentimeter generate colourful clouds, Worksup, Piegonhole and Meetapp provide rather dynamic and clean look of the word cloud.
Word Cloud, Worksup
From all of the five event apps only Worksup and Mentimeter provide image tasks feature. Image tasks help the attendees to interact visually and show their creativity. For instance, with an image tasks you can allow your participants to draw a picture first and then make a photo and then send it to the application. Later organiser can share them on the screen or social media with other fans. Image tasks is one of the fun ways to break the ice between the participants. For example, Worksup event app enables to play images as a slide loop.
Image tasks, Worksup
Rating ables the audience to rate the most valued presentations; a quick way of getting useful feedback. Event apps Mentimeter and Worksup provide presentation rating possibility but there is a variety between them. For instance, with Mentimeter, audience can rate statements and topics on a scale. With an interaction app Worksup, participants can rate the speakers and topics directly in the agenda feature, which immediately gives an insight which topic and speaker is the most popular.
Sharing & Downloading
Sharing & downloading lets you export the results from your presentation. All the named event apps above provide sharing and downloading features. With mobile event apps Slido, MeetApp and Pigeonhole, for instance, provide ability to share your presentation to social media or other integrations. Event app Mentimeter enables you to download with Excel, however, you cannot share the presentation to social media. Worksup event app enables organisers to copy and share live links with poll results, text results and word cloud or image task to social media or other platforms. Whoever gets the Worksup link can follow task results in real time. In addition, you can download and share .png graphics for an event summary, PR article or other online and offline channels.
Share & Download, Worksup
From all of the five event apps, only MeetApp and Worksup are also the social networking apps. Participants can grow a valuable network of fellow attendees and leave your meeting with plenty of new and fascinating contacts. In today’s world, where it matters whom you know, this feature can be considered as one of the most useful features of the conference app. In the event app Worksup the participants can build a personal profile with what are they offering and seeking in the context of particular event. This enables event app Worksup to matchmake attendees according to their interest. MeetApp provides adding your contact information, view other event participants and save new contacts to your phone.
Event networking app Worksup
Downloading the app vs Web browser
Event apps Slido, Pigeonhole, Mentimeter and Worksup do not need downloading, you can use the event app straight in your web browser. MeetApp needs to be downloaded and installed in your phone. Thus, there are two arguments on this matter. When you have frequent guests, who attend regularly at your seminars or events, it might be useful to download the app from the application store, however, much safer and quicker way is to let your attendees to save their time installing the app and use a web browser within a phone.
Event branding – short term effort, but long term value. When you’re lost planning every minute detail for your event, chances are you could overlook the most important aspect of all – building a powerful brand that speaks directly to your attendees.To brand your event is to inject the personality of your company through a visual medium. Thus, this can be actually one fo the most important features of them all. From the five apps named above; MeetApp, Pigeonhole and Worksup provide event branding. With these three apps you can build brand awareness with your logo, colours and content.
Event branding, mobile event app Worksup