One of the things I like to do when I start working with a new group of people is find ways to streamline the things they are already doing. This frees up time for everyone to be more creative and I find that people tend to be happy when they have more time to be creative!
A tool that I was introduced to by Fred Delventhal from Virginia about a year ago has consistently been very helpful to me and I thought I’d pass it along. It is Doodle. Doodle is a free, web-based utility that can help you schedule events, make choices, create polls, etc. I’ve found it to be especially helpful in determining when would be the best time to schedule meetings so that everyone involved can attend. I can also see this being helpful if you are wanting to poll a class or a group of parents; a student could create a poll to scientifically gather opinions from their peers about a particular subject; one could even schedule who is bringing what for those all-important potluck dinners!
You receive a link to send out to all the people you wish to poll. They enter their name and their choices and can even add comments for everyone to see. It is a great collaborative tool!
Give Doodle a try. You’ll find it extremely easy to create a poll and then you’ll just sit back and wait for the results to come in.