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Spectrum Questions on Zoom using Gather

In Gather bring participants together to explain the activity, indicating where the boundaries of the spectrums are and what each side indicates. Standing on a spotlight square, read out the statement you want participants to respond to, give them time to place themselves along the spectrum. Discuss and repeat with new prompts.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Bring participants to the middle of your space and standing on a spotlight square provide instructions for the activity. Let participants know that you're going to be reading out a prompt that they will then place themselves on a spectrum in order to respond to. Let them know what side of the spectrum indicates what (ex. by the plants indicates strongly disagree).
  2. Read out a prompt and invite the group to place themselves on the spectrum according to their response to the prompt.
  3. Popcorn share out by having participants raise their hand about why they placed themselves where they did. Alternatively (or additionally) have them go into quiet mode (so they can only speak to someone directly next to them) and chat with the people right next to them about why they are where they are.
  4. After a few shares, read out another statement, have people move on the spectrum and repeat.


You don't need to set up your Gather space in any particular way for this activity other than having enough room for people to spread out along a spectrum. If you want to add text to indicate what the ends of the spectrums mean, you can, but it's not essential.

Substituting Apps

If you're using apps other than Zoom and Gather, here are the specific things your software will need to be able to do:

The ability for participants to move freely along a spectrum


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Activity by Meg Bolger

Co-developer of Facilitator Cards. Co-author of Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation. Adamant believer that facilitation can change the world.

Facilitation Testers Needed

This activity by Meg Bolger would really benefit from other facilitators testing it, tweaking it, and reporting back. If you give it a try in your virtual facilitation, all we ask is that you tell us how it went.

The main things we're wondering are regarding the context you facilitated it in (with whom, and toward what goal), how well it worked (what worked and what didn't), and in what ways you altered the instructions to make it work for you.