This year many 4-H meetings are being held virtually. To support our youth and adult leaders with this new format, 4-H educators from Fond du Lac, Ozaukee, and Washington County created the training “4-H Meetings Reimagined: Using Zoom to Lead a Fun and Engaging 4-H Meeting.” This training was facilitated by Extension educators, youth leaders, and an adult volunteer.
The training introduced volunteers to the features of Zoom and other forms of technology that youth and adult leaders could incorporate into a Zoom. Some of these resources included Kahoot, Mentimeter, Google Slides/Docs, and Flippity. Most importantly, the training included examples of how to use technology to engage the youth of all ages. At the end of the training, we asked participants to share what they will use from the meeting. The word cloud below shows the answers that we received. The larger the word, the more popular the response.
The training was attended by over 70 participants. Three participants have shared the following comments with us:
- “Thank you for putting this on, I learned a lot and will be using the skills at our club meetings!”
- “I liked everything, learned a lot, and am hoping to plan a meeting in January.”
- “I am excited about the future of 4-H meetings. There are so many fun and cool things that we can do in the virtual world.”
In the formal evaluation, 88% of survey respondents marked that they either agreed or strongly agreed that the training increased their understanding of Zoom and how to use it. 88% also agreed or strongly agreed that they learned new ideas that they can use with their club or group.