I am always excited to share learning takeaways that I have gained from conferences I have attended, keynote sessions or hands-on workshops. But lately I have not had the opportunity to be an activate participant, due to I have been the main presenter. So as a strategic plan to mix it up at my last keynote in Monroe, WI I "flipped my keynote" presentation. Yes, literally flipped the traditional style keynote and had all 350+ educator and administrators actively involved in breakout sessions, dynamic duos, instant critical reflections and back channel chats. Did this method work- yes it it did- but with some clunks and bumps- as the technology could not keep up with our active learning strategies.
We definitely tapped out their wirelessly connections as I knew we would, even with all the pre-planning setup from the night before and the early morning setup. But it was worth to have all these educators active in the learning instead of a sit and get keynote in an auditorium. (Please see attached Blooms Questions sheet I utilized to formulate critical thinking questions as a guide).
Yes, I did start out with a grand opening as a normal keynote, but quickly changed to a personalized learning environment of asking a few critical thinking questions where the educators were grouped in dynamic teams and I used the tool of GoSoapBox http://gosoapbox.com/ to capture their immediate thinking process. GoSoapBox is used during classes/workshops/conferences to break down participation barriers, keeping students/attendees engaged, and giving teacher/facilitators insight into student comprehension that was never before possible. This tool is not free, like many other tools I have shared in the past, but the yearly fee of $90 for an educators license meets my needs to instant poll my audience, perform a simple comprehension check, and allow for students to create more critical questions and reflections on the fly with any mobile learning device.
To gain back everyone's attention into large group very quickly- I would utilize free transitions timers- my favorites are http://steep.it and http://e.ggtimer.com/ and I did this all from my iPad as I was highly mobile utilizing Apple TV with my laptop and projector. This allowed me to make personal interactions with each group in the auditorium.
When it was time for large groups shares or shouts outs with the mobile mic, I transitioned them into http://nextup.info/ groups and set a time to share and moved seamlessly through each groups to allow for an equal amount of sharing time.
Please note I also used the Orchestra strategy for active learning groups. Each participant in the group was to be responsible and active for their learning, so each member had a part in the "Orchestra. There was a conductor who was the facilitator of the group, their was a composer who crafted the groups message reflections through the back channel chat and GoSoapBox http://gosoapbox.com/ activities, and their were a variety of musicians - these were individuals that contributed creative thoughts, posed new questions, and assisted with the technology hiccups/setbacks. These dynamic groups setting and scenarios assists everyone to be responsible for their learning, be active and self-directed in their learning, and accountable for their learning.
Hope these strategise will assist your efforts for your next dynamic presentation!
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