Community groups have been very resilient with their creativity and lateral thinking. I recently joined in a very valuable U3A Benalla Zoom meeting about how Zoom is/could be used for some U3A groups. Zoom is an on-line (needs internet) meeting app (application) that is downloadable (added) to your device (mobile phone, lap-top, desk-top, tablet or ipad). Zoom is used by all types of groups to talk with and to see each other.
Last Sunday my tribe "met" on Zoom for the first time. What a hoot!! Out of four families, two had sound and video, one had video and no sound, and I had sound and no video. We'll be talking about this for many Christmas'.
Here's how we fared!
My take home message from the U3A meeting was that Zoom requires certain systems. These systems include the type of device used (see above), the availability and quality of internet, and user confidence.
(Forgive me if I've lost you at this point. I promise you're not being ignored in the search for non-internet ways to stay engaged.)
We looked at experiments in psychology in week#1. To develop that further I'm proposing an experiment using an Action Research model - sometimes referred to as "give it a go and see".
- Is there an ideal number per group?
- How should the group share talk time?
- Does the quality of group participation meet our needs?
- If we use Zoom, then who will use it and how?
Your questions will also be included. The qualitative data will be collected during the "hit and giggle" Zoom meeting.
The mini topics for the 30-minute meeting will be:
- When am I a dove/owl/eagle/peacock?
- What are the pros and cons of this type of meeting?
Stage 2 of this experiment will repeat the above methodology with tablet, ipad and mobile phone user volunteers.
- Email/call me to volunteer for the experimental Zoom meeting on 10.30am Tuesday 28 April.
- Load Zoom to your lap-top or desk-top computers before the meeting.
- Bring a cuppa and a sense of humour to the meeting.
Keep well everyone.
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