Backchannel Chat in the Classroom


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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

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  • You should also have a try at TanglerLive ( It enables you to create real-time conversations with rich-media. Among the many features, you are able to create private conversations and participants to a chat don't have to register to chat.
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  • Backchannel Chat in the Classroom

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