I'm back!!! I had to take a short break to get my school year going and to finish my lessons for LearnZillion. I apologize for the crickets that have been chirping in my absence. Now to the good stuff! Let's talk about back channeling in the classroom. What's a back channel? It's simple a way for students to discuss while they are watching a video, presentation, listening to a guest speaker. If you have ever taken a webinar where participants were allowed to ask questions during the presentation then you have been a part of a back channel. How can you use backchannels? Well, I'm going to be showing a video of a short story that we have recently read in class. My students are going to be discussing how the video and the short story are alike and different. We are also going to talk about how seeing the video is better/worse than just reading it in print. If you think of some other great ideas for using backchannels, please post a reply to this post! Here are a few websites for creating a backchannel in the classroom
1. Padlet (Wallwisher)-Padlet is like a wall with sticky notes. I love that you can make it private so that only your students are viewing the content.
2. Today's Meet-with this site you create a private room and then decide how long you want the chat room open (week, month, year). Again there are no outside ads popping up and it's private to only those students who have the room URL.
3. Chatzy-Chatzy is another site that allows you to create a room that is private to just you or your students. It also gives you the options for a lot more settings such as using a password.
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I'm a 7th grade Reading teacher and a technology lover. During the 2011-2012 school year we implemented a BYOD initiative. I hope that you will find some helpful information here.