Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A practice backchannel
Here is a look at a backchannel. Students can use their cell phone in class to comment, ask questions, and write. I plan on using it while we have author chats on Skype--the author can read the comments of my students while he/she is still talking and responding to a particular point of interest.
You can try it out now. Using the instructions at the top of the screen, send a text message. You should see it pop up instantly right here on the screen of this blog. If you are not registered on the host website it generates an anonymous name for you.
I'll make a different one for my class and project it onto the wall of my room, or on a smart board if you use one. This can also be useful during class discussion, reading, journal entries, etc. It allows shy students to get involved; it also allows students to use technology which they all already have and are good at...it is a another tool to draw kids into the discussion. I can post questions this way...do a quick grammar drill...brainstorming for writing assignments...etc.