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