How interaction app can enhance the new learning experience in schools

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.

Digitalization examples

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. 

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Worksup app

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.

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Attention

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).

User Experience

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.”

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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.

Live polls

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

Text tasks

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.

Picture tasks

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.

Live Polls

In what areas we need artificial intelligence the most?

1. Healthcare
2. Agriculture
3. Business processes
4. Education
5. Name yourself

Text Tasks

How we can apply AI in our day-to-day lives? Describe in your own words.

Picture task 

Gather a group and draw a picture of the future AI technology in schools and share this through Worksup interaction app.

Conclusion

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.

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6 Ways to save time at the team meeting with Worksup

 Meetings can go well or be totally pointless with now real value or outcome. The bigger the meeting, the bigger the risk of not reaching your goals. Worksup team brainstormed some insights for you to organise better meetings with little help from Worksup conference app.

1) Hear out your team

Carried out by executive leadership coaches That People Thing, the nationwide study of 668 senior staffers found that, on average, just only 44% of time in meetings is productively spent, with productivity at risk as attendees veer off topic.

If this is something that also concerns your team, then one option is to let your team have a say in the next meetings’ agenda. This is not only for saving time, but also reducing the risk of concentrating on topics which won’t give much value to the meeting. Your team knows probably the best what is going on with their work and what topics are more important to talk about.

Polls:

  • Put down the topics you usually discuss during your meetings and let your team to vote for the best option. Also leave out one choice for them to answer.

Worksup mobile event app, Polls view

2) The right answer

To be sure if everyone understands the same, you could run a simple poll and then make a decision from there. For instance, before the meeting you can prepare several polls with a mobile event app and during a meeting, your team can vote on the right option. Team leader can show the results on the screen and see if there is any lack of an agreement.

This  helps to ensure that everyone in your team is on the same page, which allows them to do their job more effectively.

Polls:

  • Create a poll
  • Allow enough time for everyone to send their answer
  • Once they have voted, show them the results
  • Comment on the correct answer and explain unclear topics


3) Brainstorming done effectively

Brainstorming meetings are essential to launch a new project or improve existing frameworks. Usually the real challenge is identifying the best ideas that should be considered for the project. 

To make brainstorming more effective, interaction app Worksup helps to collect ideas before the meeting. You can easily create a text task, where people can write down their thoughts and later see the the most mentioned ideas from the word cloud. This way, they bring more ideas to the discussion and it speeds up the whole brainstorming process.

In the meeting, you can also create polls from the best ideas and encourage people to upvote the ones they like the most. Team can decide which is the best idea and what could the be the next steps and obstacles.

Text task & Word cloud:

  • Create a text task or poll where people can write down their ideas.
  • Share the link and let them upvote the best ideas before the meeting
  • During the meeting,  display the most upvoted ideas on the screen.

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Polls:

  • Discuss possible obstacles what this idea can bring. 
  • Create a poll beforehand and show the results during the meeting.
  • After the meeting, export the results for further analysis.

4) Quick decisions on the site

During the meetings can happen that the team has to make quick decisions on the spot. But people are different, so are their opinions, thus it can be often complicated to reach an agreement.

Instead of going into deep conversations, it could be a lot easier to do anonymous voting. You can create a poll, let the team members vote and get your answer just in few seconds.

Polls:

  • Create a multiple-choice poll with several possible options
  • Allow enough time for everyone to send their vote
  • Once the votes are in, show the results
  • Comment on them and take further action

5) Include your digital nomads into the discussion

There isn’t probably a meeting where there is a team member from another city or from another country. With Worksup there isn’t a problem to engage them into discussion if they are not in the meeting room.

Share the link:

  • Share the Event ID or link
  • Invite them to join the voting session
  • Display the results on screen so it’s easier for everyone to follow the discussion

6) Check if your team is satisfied

To get information if your team motivated, one of the most effective ways is to create a satisfactory poll.

After the votes are collected, team leader shares the results in a meeting and gives comments on which areas scored well and which need to be improved.

This 3-min employee survey allows the team to reveal matters before they become a problem and take necessary steps to improve people’s well-being at work.

Polls:

  • Create a survey poll
  • Share the link with the team
  • Collect the answers
  • Present the results at the meeting and provide comments if needed

21 Icebreaker ideas what to ask from your audience

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.

POLLS:

1. What is your current position?

  • IT
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Enter your own choice:

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2. What country you are from?

  • US
  • Germany
  • UK
  • 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.

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  5. Name 1-3 reasons why this kind of event is important for you personally.

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IMAGE TASKS:

6. Take a picture of your group members.

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7. Take a picture of most stylish participant of the conference (ask for permission)

Learning questions

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.

POLLS:

8. What would you like to get most out of this event?

  • Contacts
  • Knowledge
  • Strategy
  • 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.

IMAGE TASKS:

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

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! 

POLLS:

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.

IMAGE TASK:

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.

POLLS:

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?

  • Computer
  • Laptop
  • 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.

IMAGE TASK:

21. Draw a picture of the future mobile phone. Take a photo of the picture.

Event interaction app feature comparison

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:

Agenda

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 MeetAppPigeonhole and Worksup have agenda features. Event apps Slido and Mentimeter do not  provide agenda function.

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Q&A

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.

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Live polls

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.

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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.

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Image tasks

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.

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Rating

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.

Rating, Worksup

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

Networking

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.

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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  

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. 

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6 ways to make events more interactive and engaging with technology

Events are probably the most interactive happenings of them all, they are where people get together to network, connect with like-minded people and learn new ways to comprehend different ways of knowledge. Including an element of interactivity is certainly an engaging and fun way to add personalised touch to the event. 

Worksup’s team brainstormed 6 best ways to make event interaction more efficient and engaging for the event planners:

1) Create quizzes and questionnaires!

Help your audience to know more information about the topics and speakers by letting them ask and answer the questions before, during and after the event. Worksup event app lets you to choose and show the most interesting questions and topics, while participants can share their thoughts and likes about the questions.  Encourage your audience to be creative and give them a prize if they did a good job!

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2) Encourage voting!

Get your audience involved by creating fun live polls. Live polls are definitely one of the most fun ways to boost up the attention. Let your participants vote via Worksup application and show them results on a diagram in real time.  You can encourage them to ask  about different aspects of the evening, like speakers’ topics and graphics or let your audience rate different subjects and opinions.

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3) Create a fun learning experience!

Besides live polls, questionnaires and ratings – it is always fun to learn through texts and picture tasks. Why not to gather people into groups and give them something to solve together and present results effectively in real time on screen? Give them an assignment which is fun to do and not too complicated, after all, learning is supposed to be fun!  

4) Make memories!

Why not create some souvenirs from the event and make your crowd have even more fun? You can use event app Worksup for this and can ask your guests to take pictures of themselves, with the  speakers, performers or whatever comes into mind. If your crowd is playful, provide some costumes and props to make the event more engaging and let them share. Also, why not  choose the best photo and give them a prize.

5) Communication

Enable real-time chat between attendees and organisers. Surely there are a lot of questions that your guests would like to ask and know more information about. Worksup as a powerful event interaction and networking app makes that part easier again. Encourage your audience to organise meet-ups and  to  share similar interests with other  like-minded people in the  Worksup app. 

Attendees can chat directly with  the organisers in the conference app, for instance, if your guests would like to share ideas about the event management or if they have other requests during the event. So, if they say the room is too cold or dark, you can easily solve these kind of  problems on location. Also, Worksup mobile event app enables you to share a live link if you wish to share the live results e.g. to an intranet or social network to be followed in real time.

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6) Networking at the event

Networking is becoming more and more important for the event professionals industry. Interactive mobile event apps are already an essential tool for speakers, organisers, suppliers and attendees around the world, so choose the best one in the market. Furthermore, as mentioned above, if you enable networking feature, your guests can create profiles and organise all hands on meetings and share ideas with each other. 

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 Interactive events through networking

How to make the most out of Q&A and live polls platform

Q&A and polls platform is one of those tools that help you pull the audience into your event and let them co-create it in real-time participation. In this article we evaluate the best tips and examples how you can get the most of Q&A and polls platform from the Worksup event app.

While the tasks in Worksup interactive mobile event app are easy to use, you need to think a bit in advance about how to incorporate Q&A and polls platform into the structure of your event. Here are simple tips how you can use  Q&A platform:

Technical equipment and requirements

Q&A platforms are the most efficient when questions are displayed live on the wall or on the screen. We have personally noticed in our events that audience feels more encouraged to submit and like more questions when they see them on the big screen. Also, make sure you have fully working computer with the Internet connection where you can moderate questions, a projector for presentation and a screen or a clean wall where you can present the questions.

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Let your guests know

Including the technical requirements, do not forget to inform your audience about wifi and how they can login and use the event app (simple user guide slide). Also, why not give them a warm up exercises like a simple poll or task like “make a fun selfie,” so they could get use to using the conference app. 

Remind your guests repeatedly throughout the event that they can ask questions, vote in polls and  rate speakers to enjoy fully the potential of event engagement system Worksup. Inform your guests few weeks before the event about the login requirements and send them event ID.  Also, do not forget to ask questions about the topics beforehand, so you would discuss the most relevant information at the event.

Planning

During the event moderators can choose the best questions into discussion and steer the conversation in the direction that participants want it to go, so keep an eye on valuable questions, also the most liked question from the audience. Also, you have probably noticed that after the presentation the speaker usually asks if anybody has some questions, which sometimes can lead to awkward silence or the speaker can face a lot of questions in a short time slot. Worksup platform helps you to pick the most favourite questions and topics before the Q&A session starts, so you can easily address them during the event and save time when needed. Also, let them know that you would like to have feedback on how they liked the pitch. For example, they can rate a speaker directly or you can create a feedback survey based on a poll feature.

Inform moderators and technical team

Moderators have really important role of successful Q&A and audience polling. Inform them how you would like the Q&A and poll sessions happen. Ask them to introduce Worksup platform, inform them how and where participants can join in and encourage them to call to action. Also, do not forget to provide technical equipment like a tablet where they can easily operate the Q&A and poll sessions. Inform moderators, speakers and  technical team about how and when Worksup will be used at the event.

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Creative tips

Also, why not to use Google glasses for even better results for an audience interaction.

Well, even if Saturday Night Live did a hilarious sketch that made fun of how awkward and strange the glasses seem, we still cannot  dismiss the fact that these glasses are  highly effective when you like to use a wearable computer that projects efficiently  information on a display viewable with an upward glance. 

This is one way how to seem even more prepared and interesting for the audience. For instance, Sergey Brin had crafted his Google Glass TED talk to explain the ways that such devices might change our lives and how it can be effectively used in different ways. With Google Glass you can enable hands-free slideshow control, you can do hands-free translation of your signage and directions and poster presentations, the possibilities with this gadget are probably endless. Watch video here.

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