5 is software for teams. The
teams ideas are instantly visible for everyone to see, as they
are created. The software runs on Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000 or XP and
on Macs with Windows emulation. All you need is a serial port or serial
to USB converter.
Facilitated session: A facilitator
manages the software. The team members follow the facilitators
instructions. The facilitator types in an issue, loads a standard template
containing a proven thinking or decision method and begins. The software
presents questions or issues in a logical sequence. People type their
ideas in a playspace and send them to the teamspace where
they collect ready for further discussion. Facilitators can also craft
their own set of questions, change the order, save them as a template
and re-use the template, making improvements to the process.
to discuss: Just click on any idea and it becomes your next
agenda item. All the ideas people then contribute are linked to that idea.
Ask the team to make sense of the ideas on the screen, then capture the
The team is presented with random What if you could
provocations to challenge or extend their thinking.
All your ideas are saved even if you forget.
aids: trace the flow of ideas up to eight layers deep. Every
idea that has attachments is marked black for more ideas, grey for images
or web sites and pink for both.
Brainstorm a question sequence, then change the order and save it for
a fast start to a future meeting. Great for trainers, teachers and instructional
designers to create new meta-cognitive tools.
Each member of the team can work on a different topic at the same time
using the same thinking or decision process.
members of the team can prepare action plans, in Who:What:How:When or
Zing has two timers. The session timer counts down the hours and minutes.The
activity timer keeps the team on task through the Talk-Type-Read-Summarise
steps for each agenda item.
Choose from 10 reports. You can print or export the entire session organised
by layer, agenda item and keyboard.
Or you can print the contributions from a single keyboard. Export ideas
in Word, Excel, html and other formats.