Maintaining Your Org Over Summer Break

July 3rd, 2013

If you’re like me, the thought of summer break around the corner makes you want to don those bright summer shorts and slip into flip flops.  We know how hard it is to say goodbye to your friends but it’s even harder to stay in contact with your group members over the summer.  Here are some tips for being productive with your group:

Pre-Summer Planning:  Hold a meeting with your e-Board before the school year ends to discuss how you’d like to kick-off the Fall semester. Again, make sure to record your plans on an online shareable document! If you haven’t already set goals and points of improvement for next year, have that conversation as soon as possible.

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June Wiggio Group: Cambridge DELTA Trainees

June 10th, 2013

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This month, we connected with Wiggio user Marisa Constantinides.  She is using Wiggio to manage students in her online Teacher Education Courses for English Language Teachers.

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I started using Wiggio with a group of Cambridge DELTA trainees who are following an online course by attending webinars on teaching methods for English Language Teaching. My trainees come from the UK, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Greece (where CELT is located) so I was looking for a platform which would serve the needs of my course and be a safe, private and secure environment with a range of features.

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6 Ways to Make Your Group Presentation Stand Out

June 5th, 2013

When giving a group presentation, it is important to make sure that you keep your audience’s attention. After all, the goal is to make sure that they leave with the key points you are trying to present.  However, according to researchers the average attention span of an adult is 20 minutes, which is not a lot of time to get your message across. Fortunately, there are ways you can make your presentation more memorable:

  • group project memeTake turns.  During presentations, it seems that there is always one individual who speaks for a majority of the time, relative to his peers. You don’t want to have one person speaking for too long, as it may bore the audience. By having people speak in even amounts of time, you can reset the audience’s time span and the group as a whole will look more knowledgeable.
  • 10/20/30 Rule.  If you need a basic set-up, try and see if the 10/20/30 rule works:  10 slides, 20 minutes, 30 point font.

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PSA: Using Wiggio After School

May 31st, 2013

So, you’ve been using Wiggio this school year to make group work easy. Now, as the academic year is comes to a close, we’d like to take a few moments to deliver a public service announcement about the other Wiggio groups you can create this summer, so you get the most out of your Wiggio account.

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Summer Jobs:  Share your work schedule with your family, bosses and co-workers to make your availability easily accessable.  Managers can schedule staff meetings, and employees can send mass SMS messages to co-workers for last minute shift-coverages.  Many small businesses are using Wiggio – learn how here.

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May Wiggio Group Profile: America’s Service Commissions

May 20th, 2013

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America’s Service Commissions (ASC) is a national association of the 53 state service commissions, its programs and partners working collaboratively to advance national service, volunteerism, and the national network of state service commissions.  We connected with them to learn how they are using Wiggio to manage group work.

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