Polling apps boomed in popularity during the pandemic. They are a simple way to increase engagement in virtual (or in-person) training. For anyone that wants to hyper-charge that engagement boost, try my 3P strategy - Poll-Pause-Predict.
It’s simple. Operate your polling app as normal except do not show the results coming in live or when they are finished. Provide your learners with some silent think time to make a prediction about the data and be ready to share their rationale. If you are in-person, you can insert a quick turn-and-talk. Facilitate some sharing before the big reveal.
Research has found that when we thoughtfully engage in making predictions, our brain pays better attention to the correct answer, with an increase in retention of the information. And which of us doesn’t want our learners to have better retention??
If you are interested in more ideas on engagement, attend my ATD session, Total Participation Techniques to Caffeinate Your Presentation, on May 16th at 3:00 pm. I promise to wake you up and fill your cup with lots of ideas.
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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