Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Assabet and Wirecast and Feeback by Polling Audience through Google Slides (Chrome Extension "Polling in Google Slides")

Two items to blog about
1. We hosted  the Assabet ITS job-alike showcasing Wirecast at Nashoba this month. This inspired some colleagues to test out Touchcast on the iPads for news reporting. Sme of the schools that are PC-Based are interested in learning more about Wirecast.  We plan to upgrade Telestream/Wirecast to output to different video formats and install on a laptop so we can do mobile reporting, or even stream the Pep Rally live from the auditorium this year.

The other topics I wanted to explore was using Poll Everwhere, a chrome extensions or assessment.  I plan to use in our January PD during our Google Demo Slam Session

2. Have you ever attended a meeting where you have watched slide after slide but never actually felt like you participated in the presentation?  As a presenter getting feedback from your audience can be intimidating but yet provide you with valuable insight.  Earlier this month I did participated in a Google Demo Slam at a conference.  I thought a great way to show the polling option would be to demonstrate a few extensions and apps and then poll the audience to see what they found most useful.

In the past I have occasionally used Poll Everywhere but was recently informed they just came out with a Chrome extension that allows you to use directly in Google Slides by embedding Polly Everywhere questions right in a presentation! Poll Everywhere does have a free educator account, but it does limit you to 40 responses per question.

Step 1 - Get the Poll Everywhere Chrome extension. The title to search is "Polling in Google Slides"
TIP: Important to note that you will NOT see the chrome extension with the rest of the extensions in the Chrome browser. Instead, a new menu option will show up when you have a Google Slide opened on your screen. Also your district may push this extension out automatically.

Step 2 - Go to Poll Everywhere and sign up for the free K-12 Educational Plan. Click here for the direct link, get username and password so you will be able to login under step 4.

Step 3-  Open up a Google Slide presentation that you would like to include a question or two in your presentation. You will notice the MENU option: Poll Everywhere (not with the other extensions on the toolbar!) This took me a little while to figure out.

Step 4 - Log into your Poll Everywhere Account

Step 5 - Create a Poll - Go to Poll Everywhere Menu and select - "Create Poll"
A pop up window will appear for you to choose the type of question.
There are different options to pick!
Once you press insert poll, it will automatically insert a slide with that poll question on it.

Note: The actual poll question will not show until you are in present mode of your slide presentation. While in editing mode, you will see the following:
Phone image/option (details)

Step 6 - Showing Audience how to text or go to the URL to vote and view live results.

The audience was  completely engaged at the demo slam and loved the fact not only did they share their favorite app, extension or tool during the demo slam. As a presenter, I got direct feedback from the audience for general consensus. Ideally, I could see using a polling techniques on several slides in the presentation. Doc link or  https://goo.gl/Sfi27B 

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