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Presentation on using Cover It Live as a backchannel chat in a range of classrooms at the high school level. Originally part of the MLTI Spring Online Conference : Pictures Sounds Numbers Words

Presentation on using Cover It Live as a backchannel chat in a range of classrooms at the high school level. Originally part of the MLTI Spring Online Conference : Pictures Sounds Numbers Words

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  • Backchannel Chat   as a Classroom Tool
  • Your Presenters Sarah Sutter: Wiscasset High School art teacher and technology integrator, adjunct professor of digital imaging at the University of Maine in Augusta, Google Certified Teacher.    ssutter@svrsu.org  twitter: edueyeview Deb Taylor: Wiscasset High School foreign language teacher, M.A.T. in French student at UMO. dtaylor@svrsu.org  twitter: dtaylor5671
  • Some Reminders
      • This session is being recorded and can be accessed again later
      • Additional resources can be found at: http://sutterworkshops.wikispaces.com/Backchannel+in+the+Classroom
  • Let's chat Who are you?   Where are you from?   What do you teach?
  • What is a backchannel chat?
      • Synchronous / Real-time
      • Online
      • Primarily text based
      • Conversation
      • Question asking / Question answering
      • Communication forum
      • Shared space
      • Feedback tool
      • Alongside and in reaction to a spoken event, video, image, presentation, etc.
  • Concerned about Multitasking? They’re not!
  • Why use a backchannel in class?
      • Engages students who otherwise may not contribute
      • Evens the playing field for involvement 
      • Can't be dominated by the loudest voice
      • Allows students to ask Q’s without waiting until the end
      • Allows teachers to answer Q’s on the fly without interrupting
      • Gives students the chance to answer Q’s from their peers
      • Allows teachers to see where the understanding or confusion may be happening as live events unfold
      • Demands engagement with the material to participate
      • Provides a record of the discussion or other interaction for reflection
  • Why “CoverItLive”? Other possible tools: Chatzy (paid or free) Google Presentation, Google Docs text chat on Skype, iChat (See link to the comparison chart on the wiki)
      • Moderated
      • No login needed for students to participate
      • Embed code for wikispace or other webpage
      • Not blocked by BESS
      • Allows for direct messages to individual students from the teacher / originator of the chat
  • Examples from our classrooms
  • Spontaneous, collaborative story-telling
  • Revision of the story
  • World Cultures : Comments during a video on Christianity
  • Modern Western Civilization -  Reactions to a film about the  Forbidden City
  • American History   A movie about Trench Warfare
  • Collaborative note-taking
  • Commenting on peer presentations
  • And students liked it!
  • How could YOU use a backchannel chat?
  • How?
      • Cover It Live www.coveritlive.com
      • Create an account and log in
      • Click “Try It Now”, “Events”, “Add New”
      • Enter title, date, and time
      • Copy Embed code and Embed in webpage
      • Start your live event!
  • Accessing your Chat
      • Students can go to the url of the chat.
      • Chat can be embedded in a website or wiki
      • The chat can be involve people off-site
  • Let’s give it a shot!
  • In Practice
      • Preface the experience with guidelines/expectations for behavior, contribution, etc. 
      • Students need to choose a name (first only?) to login
      • To respond to someone specifically, use the @ symbol
      • Opt not to set quantity guidelines - let it be open
      • Like other types of chatting,remind students that there likely will be more than one conversational thread going on at a time
      • Remind them it will be archived for reflection or review later
  • Questions & Comments