Whether coming together as a faculty or business team for weekly meetings, a professional development workshop, or to plan a fundraiser, we want our time together to be well spent… to see a result that lives beyond the meeting.
Here are some of my favorites for tracking conversation and actionable next steps, especially with groups that don’t yet use software to collaborate regularly.
Todaysmeet: FREE. Easy to use backchannel, parking lot for off-topic questions, Q&A, meeting minutes, and more. Name a URL, distribute the link, and attendees can contribute to an online discussion. A transcript can be printed and the organizer specifies how long the data is kept “live.”
Padlet: FREE to create an account and begin using. Create a shared web wall, invite people to the link and begin posting discussion notes, share links, and post video and pictures. Excellent to use either as an archive of contributions or as a canvas for sharing prepared resources with your audience.
Symbaloo: FREE to create a personal account. Symbaloo is a social bookmarking tool that can be used to distribute online content to an audience. It’s also a great tool for crowdsourcing online resources i.e. tasking groups to populate a Symbaloo webmix with resources to be used for a later project.
Evernote: Freemium version available. Evernote is a web-based note taking service that synchronizes written and audio notes, pictures, and documents between desktops and mobile devices. Create shared folders and store meeting notes, discussions, and brainstorms.
There are hundreds of tools that have similar features now. But the tools aren’t really the point. Arrive with a method to capture discussion and learn something as a team…and then make something as a team.
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