Why School Boards are Upgrading from Clickers to Tablet Voting

The evolution of voting systems in school board meetings reflects a commitment to modernization, efficiency, and enhanced decision-making processes.

While legacy clicker voting systems have served their purpose, the adoption of app-based, tablet voting systems represents a significant leap forward in meeting the dynamic needs of contemporary school boards. This blog explores the reasons behind this transition and the benefits it brings to education governance.

The Shift Towards App-Based Tablet Voting Systems

In recent years, school boards have recognized the limitations of traditional clicker voting systems, which often lack versatility, ongoing improvement opportunities, and integration capabilities. App-based tablet voting systems offer a comprehensive solution, leveraging the power of technology to streamline voting procedures, enhance engagement, and provide valuable insights for informed decision-making.

Reasons for Upgrading

1. Enhanced Accessibility and Engagement

App-based tablet voting systems provide a user-friendly interface accessible via tablets, Chrome books, and even smartphones, enabling board members to cast votes efficiently. The vote results are shown on a large meeting display in the meeting room and are private until tallied, preventing undue influence. App-based, tablet voting is also remote and hybrid meeting ready. This accessibility promotes greater engagement among board members, facilitating active participation in meetings and fostering a collaborative decision-making environment.

2. Automatic Documentation & Minutes

Unlike clicker voting systems, which only track basic voting information at best, app-based voting systems track motions, seconds, requests to speak, and more. This information is automatically formatted into minutes, and data can be toggled on and off to customize your minutes.

3. Integration with Meeting Management Tools

App-based tablet voting systems seamlessly integrate with meeting management software, enabling efficient agenda management and minutes creation. This integration streamlines administrative processes, reduces paperwork, and enhances overall meeting efficiency.

4. Customization and Flexibility

App-based tablet voting systems offer greater customization and flexibility compared to traditional clicker systems. Boards can tailor voting parameters, configure voting options, and implement various voting methods to suit specific meeting requirements and preferences. Tablet voting systems also include motions, seconds, and a request-to-speak function with an automatic speaker queue.

Tablet Voting Systems in Action: Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Virginia Beach City Public Schools School Board uses OpenMeeting electronic voting and request to speak system.

Several school boards have already made the transition from clicker to app-based tablet voting systems, citing improved efficiency, engagement, and decision-making outcomes. For example, the Virginia Beach City Public Schools implemented an app-based tablet voting system, resulting in more streamlined meetings, increased board member participation, and enhanced transparency.

Conclusion: Embracing Innovation for Effective Governance

The transition from clicker to app-based tablet voting systems signals a shift towards modern, efficient, and transparent education governance practices. By embracing technology as a catalyst for change, school boards empower themselves to navigate the complexities of decision-making with confidence and efficacy. As the educational landscape continues to evolve, the adoption of app-based tablet voting systems positions school boards at the forefront of innovation, driving positive outcomes for students, educators, and communities alike.

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