Backchanneling in the Classroom

Get your students actively involved in real-time group chats during a lecture, while watching a movie, or while working in groups in project-based learning.  There are several 'backchannel' tools out there, but the one I like best is Today's Meet.  It is simple to set up - you can create one on the fly - and super easy to implement in the classroom.

A backchannel gives students the opportunity to record their thoughts and ask their questions without having to wait to be called upon. A backchannel also gives teachers the opportunity to hear from more students more often. All students will either be commenting or watching for what others comment.

  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Listening/Viewing/Focusing
  • Participating in conversation with classmates and/or outside speakers
  • Writing summarized, purposeful comments
  • Creating ‘essential questions’
  • Gleaning key points

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