Schedule Start Time allows you to schedule your Experiences, such as Trivia Games, Polls, and Social Walls to start automatically at some point in the future. This is highly useful when you want to start an Experiences at a future date and time without needing to log back in to manually start the Experience.
Set It and Forget It!
With Schedule Start Time you can do the following:
- Create a series of daily/monthly trivia games in advance that run on their own at the time you set!
- Educators at 2PM can schedule evening trivia games at work for their students to take at 7PM! Without having to log back in. FYI, Kahoot! doesn't do that. 😉
- Schedule trivia games to start in different time zones without having to jump back into the Experience Dashboard to start them.
- Combine Countdown Timers, Fully Automatic Playback, and our Next Round feature to make completely automated, multi-round, virtual trivia game experiences.
Schedule an Experience's Start Time
To schedule an Experience to start automatically in the future, navigate to the Experience Dashboard and make sure your Experience's status is in the Ready to Start state. If your Experience has a Countdown Timer enabled, you'll see the "Ready To Start Countdown" message on the status bar on the upper-right side of the dashboard. If the Countdown Timer is disabled, then you'll see a "Ready To Start" message instead.
After ensuring the Experience is in the initial Ready To Start state, click on the green Settings tab, then navigate to the Playback & Timing section. You can find the Schedule Start Time box under this section.
Once you have located the Schedule Start Time section, simply click on the Calendar icon. By default, the calendar will be set to the current date and will suggest a scheduled start time for one hour later than the current time.
Now, pick a future date and time you'd like your Experience to start. Once you've specified your desired date and time, click the green Save button. After successfully saving the scheduled start time, the Experience Dashboard will display a notification stating, "The Start Time has been scheduled."
You'll now see the Experience's Scheduled Start Time on both the gray input box and within the green status bar on the Schedule Start Time section. Your Experience will now automatically begin on the date and time you have chosen to schedule it!
Remove a Scheduled Start Time
If you no longer want your Experience to be scheduled at a future time, simply click on the red Remove button with a trashcan icon. This will remove the scheduled start time, as well as display a notification on the dashboard that the Scheduled Start Time has been removed.
Your Experience will no longer be scheduled to begin at a future date and will only begin once you manually initiate the Experience to go live.
Using Schedule Start Time with Countdown Timers
If you're also using the Countdown Timer feature, it's important to note that your set Countdown Timer will start once your Experience is activated by the Schedule Start Time feature. So if your Trivia Game has a fifteen minute Countdown Timer and you want it to start exactly at 8PM, you'll need to schedule it start at 7:45PM. At 7:45PM Schedule Start Time will activate your Trivia Game's Countdown Timer. Then the Countdown Timer to run for fifteen minutes and then start your Trivia Game at 8PM.
If you're not using the Countdown Timer feature, then your Experience will start exactly as set by the input in the Schedule Start Time.
Using Schedule Start Time with Automatic Playback Modes and Next Round
If your Experiences are using automatic playback mode such as Fully Automatic Mode or Crowd Controlled Mode, then they will start and run completely automatically! Proceeding from question to question on their own!
Using Schedule Start Time and the Next Round feature, you can create entire sequences of multi-round trivia games that run completely automatically! If an Experience uses Fully Automatic Mode or Crowd Controlled Mode and has a Next Round set, it will automatically move players from round to round, proceeding through the questions of each round!
Schedule Start Time & Different Time Zones
An Experience's Scheduled Start Time is always saved in GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) according to the current time zone from where the Experience Dashboard is used. So if a 7PM Scheduled Start Time is set, it will be 7PM in the current time zone of the web browser.
If you wish to set a Scheduled Start Time in a different time zone, offset the set Scheduled Start Time to compensate.
For example, if you want to set a 7PM Scheduled Start Time for New York City in Eastern Standard Time, but you're editing from an Experience Dashboard in Los Angeles in Pacific Standard Time, simply save the start time at 4PM. Then when viewed from a browser in New York City, the Scheduled Start Time would show 7PM PST. When viewed from Los Angeles, it would show 4PM PST.