Creativity 10.23.20

Tech Tools for Creating Community Virtually

As “camp people,” group dynamics are our bread and butter. Here are some tools we use for creating community online:

  1. We’ve put together a youtube playlist of the tips and tricks we learned from our Cornerstone 202.0 seminar experience – some specifically related to the tools below!
  2. Mentimeter allows you to make custom polls, word clouds, and quizzes and can be used to engage your online participants regardless of the size of the group!
    • Real Life Example: Jewish Camp Mental Health & Wellness interns from 20 different camps, learning about mental, emotional, and social health, shared ways camp makes them feel.
    • Real Life Example: Live voting makes for great conversation starters as folks arrive to your online space.
    • Real Life Example: Kicking off the new year as a united field during our 5781Field online gathering, FJC brought camp professionals through reflective activities getting in touch with their senses. We asked: what did summer 2020 smell like?
  1. Google Docs & Sheets (a platform so many of your participants are already familiar with) can easily be adapted as a convening tool if you have less than 100 people on screen. 
  2. Jamboard makes all of your post-it note dreams come true! This user-friendly resource is great for brainstorming and reflecting. 
  3. Mural has dozens of templates you can choose from that help you build consensus, play games, and map out ideas. 
  4. Slack might be something you’ve used to stay in touch with your colleagues, but it is also amazing for creating a sense of conference-wide community. This communication platform allows direct messaging but also customized threads which can replace “hallway talks” and act as vehicles for announcements and tech help.
    • Real Life Example: Cornerstone Fellows used Slack to connect one-on-one, have more in-depth conversations with educators beyond their sessions, and had fun using channels to participate in a virtual Color War. 
  5. Zoom has great tools right inside it like breakout rooms and the annotate drawing tool that can allow for games like pictionary, musical memory, and round robin rotations. 
    • Real Life Example: This activity to “Escape the Zoom Room” done at Cornerstone 202.0 with 300+ people was a fun way to engage folks in smaller groups using breakout rooms and annotation. Here are instructions. 
    • Real Life Example: Mental Health & Wellness interns used Zoom’s annotation function to color in a shared scene from FJC’s Hineini resources