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Backchanneling is a class discussion tool that allows students the opportunity to collaborate with their peers in real-time while working on an activity, lesson or assignment.

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Tips for Successful Backchanneling

Be Prepared! Develop good, essential questions Use consistent and short names for your "chat rooms" Choose a name that will help you identify the lesson and class in question If you are using laptops, be sure they will have sufficient battery power Decide up front what abbreviated speech you will allow and let the students know what you'll accept in advance Be flexible but firm (Set behavioural expectations and review blogging guidelines beforehand) Type up the questions and give them to the students before the lesson Set up and test your "rooms" in advance (make sure it is not blocked on the students' computers) Focus on the feedback and reflection to strengthen learning experience

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Avoid Challenges

Simple Empowering Everyone has a Voice            Cross-Curricular Collaborative                          Multitasking Skills Interactive                               Keyboarding Skills Formative Assessment           Safe Class Community Chat with other Classes          Can Save Your Chats                & Schools

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"With a little prior planning and essential questions, educators can engage their students in discussions that leverage "digital native" skills and generate meaningful, insightful commentary. Furthermore, the collaborative nature of backchanneling makes it an ideal means to connect classes across the hall and around the world."

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