Teaching with time on your hands…

No matter how much time and effort you put into planning sometimes things just don’t go the way you’d like.

One of the most common causes of this is running out of time; discussions take longer than you’d planned, computers take longer to ‘boot up’ than you’d planned- you know how it goes.

Wouldn’t it be good if you could set an agenda with topics/times and then display it via a data projector so that your class or all attendees at a meeting could see it (and keep to the times!)?

You may like to try NextUP. This is a really easy to use, free web based program that allows you to-

  • create a meeting agenda
  • add as many topics as you require
  • assign a time to each topic (in minutes and seconds)

Once you have created your topics, assigned a time for each and then clicked ‘Create Agenda’  NextUp will count down each topic and move on to the next one automatically as the time allocated is used.

One thing to remeber is that the program requires Flash and JavaScript.

Give it a try, it’s free and very easy to use. leave a comment and tell us what you think.

Pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/conqenator/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

3 responses to “Teaching with time on your hands…

  1. Fantastic tool to organise a meeting. Can you modify it after you start? What do you do if the first item takes longer to discuss and the clock shows that now you are discussing the second item while you are still on the first item then everything else is wrong. I know that the point is to stick with the schedule but if the difference is only 2 minutes longer for the first item and you want to continue with the timetable what do you do.

    • Mayssa,
      Thanks for the comment; the short answer is no, you can’t alter an instance once you’ve started it. This is done specifically to ensure your meetings will run to time.

      A way to keep meeting moving ahead is to table additional points raised or longer discussions for a separate meeting- that’s what i do.

      I hope that answres your question.


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