Thursday, October 31, 2013

Electronic Ballots at Wood Elementary School

Wood Elementary held their Student Council officer elections Thursday, October 31st.  Mrs. Van Horn and Mrs. Richburg, the Student Council sponsors, changed things up this year. Instead of a face-to-face assembly with all 4th-6th graders in the cafeteria, the officer candidates' speeches were recorded with an iPad. The speeches were compiled into one eight minute video which was later shown to all 4th through 6th graders at various times using the district's computer network (a la Dropbox).

With the help of some amazing PTA volunteers, students then cast their votes using iPads (with QR codes) during their lunch periods.

These votes were recorded in a Google form and instantly tallied so the results could be announced at the end of the day.

This is one of those cases where technology certainly made the process so much easier- and saved instructional time! Way to go Mrs. Van Horn and Mrs. Richburg for stepping out and taking a risk to try something totally new! I think the results speak for themselves.

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