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Backchanneling in the Classroom

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Backchanneling in the Classroom

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backchannel — a digital conversation that runs concurrently with a face-to-face activity — provides students with an outlet to engage in conversation.  To earn your badge you must, Create a backchannel for you classroom and post a link to the backchannel and a reflection over how it went in your room.


Ways to Use Backchannels in your classroom:

  • Poll students on a particular classroom event or on a decision regarding their learning
  • Crowdsource feedback on learning activities and use this input to inform your future instructional strategies.
  • Backchanneling empowers students voice and make them feel they are real participants in the knowledge building taking place in the class.
  • Conduct informat assessments .
  • Assess students prior knowledge about a given topic.
  • Brainstorm ideas for a writing project.
  • Encourage students to ask questions about anything they did not understand.
  • Hold synchronous discussions of video content shared in class
  • Organize real time discussions in class.
  • Backchanneling is a good way to engage introverts and shy students in classroom conversations.

Some possible options for your backchannel are:

  • Today’s Meet
  • Padlet
  • Socrative