HOW I USE  DISCUSSION BOARDS ON BLACKBOARD  Nadine Bezuk School of Teacher Education
How I Use Discussion Boards on Blackboard  Nadine Bezuk School of Teacher Education <ul><li>Reasons I Use Discussion Board...
REASONS I USE DISCUSSION BOARDS <ul><li>Increase student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Motivate students to read assigned m...
TYPES OF DISCUSSION BOARD PROMPTS I’VE USED <ul><li>Getting to know each other </li></ul><ul><li>General summary of readin...
GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help students become familiar with the nuts and bolts of...
GENERAL SUMMARY OF READING ASSIGNMENTS <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivate students to read the assigned readi...
FOCUSED DISCUSSION OF READING ASSIGNMENTS <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivate students to read the assigned re...
GROUP DISCUSSION <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivate students to read the assigned readings and reflect on imp...
WHAT I PLAN TO TRY NEXT <ul><li>More focused discussion boards </li></ul><ul><li>Add mini-assessments/quizzes to Discussio...
WHAT HAVE YOU USED?  HOW HAS IT WORKED?
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  1. 1. HOW I USE DISCUSSION BOARDS ON BLACKBOARD Nadine Bezuk School of Teacher Education
  2. 2. How I Use Discussion Boards on Blackboard Nadine Bezuk School of Teacher Education <ul><li>Reasons I Use Discussion Boards: </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Motivating students to read assigned material </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-assessing students’ understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Types of Discussion Board Prompts I’ve Used: </li></ul><ul><li>Getting to know each other </li></ul><ul><li>General summary of reading assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Focused discussion of reading assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Group discussions </li></ul><ul><li>What I Plan to Try Next: </li></ul><ul><li>More focused discussion boards </li></ul><ul><li>Add mini-assessments/quizzes to Discussion Boards </li></ul>
  3. 3. REASONS I USE DISCUSSION BOARDS <ul><li>Increase student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Motivate students to read assigned material </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-assess students’ understanding </li></ul>
  4. 4. TYPES OF DISCUSSION BOARD PROMPTS I’VE USED <ul><li>Getting to know each other </li></ul><ul><li>General summary of reading assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Focused discussion of reading assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Group discussion </li></ul>
  5. 5. GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help students become familiar with the nuts and bolts of using the Discussion Board. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a preliminary introduction to other students. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sample Prompts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This discussion will help us get to know each other while we practice using the Discussion Board. By 9 am on XXX, you should: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Respond to ONE of the prompts below, and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Comment on at least ONE classmate’s postings. (see handout for additional instructions) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My favorite hobby is . . . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My favorite sport to WATCH is . . . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My favorite sport to PLAY is . . . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My favorite place to vacation is . . . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My favorite food is . . . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My pet likes to . . . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[Open Category] </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. GENERAL SUMMARY OF READING ASSIGNMENTS <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivate students to read the assigned readings and reflect on important information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide me with a pre-assessment of students’ understanding of this topic.  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sample Prompt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read chapter 6. Then log-in to the Discussion Board at least twice by 11 pm on XXX to complete the following: Part One: --Start a new thread labeled with your name, --List at least 2 points or topics from the chapter that you found interesting, and explain why, and --List at least 1 question that you have, point that you're uncertain about, or thing you’d like to learn more about. Part Two: --Respond to at least two classmates’ responses to Part One. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. FOCUSED DISCUSSION OF READING ASSIGNMENTS <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivate students to read the assigned readings and reflect on important information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide me with a pre-assessment of students’ understanding of this topic.  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sample Prompt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructions: Watch the “Place-value Centers” video. Then select 2 of the questions below and post your responses by 11 PM on XXX. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place-value Centers Question 1 : How did the calendar activity help students develop an understanding of place value? Describe the long-term nature of the calendar activity and the benefits it has for students' learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place-value Centers Question 2 : The informal place-value language used by teachers varies. What language did Ms. Vigstrom use? Describe the differences in how children might understand these words. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. GROUP DISCUSSION <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivate students to read the assigned readings and reflect on important information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivate students to interact with each other. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide me with a pre-assessment of students’ understanding of this topic.  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I use these when teaching larger classes, so that students feel that they’re discussing the topic with a smaller group of fellow students. I usually use the same prompts, but the smaller number of participants in each group supports strong interactions among participants. </li></ul>
  9. 9. WHAT I PLAN TO TRY NEXT <ul><li>More focused discussion boards </li></ul><ul><li>Add mini-assessments/quizzes to Discussion Boards </li></ul>
  10. 10. WHAT HAVE YOU USED? HOW HAS IT WORKED?
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