Wednesday, May 6: 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Workshop Description: BackChannel Chats as Classroom Tools
Use CoverItLive as a moderated backchannel chat to add a dynamic dimension to a variety of classroom activities. Teachers of Art, Foreign Language, Science and Social Studies have used it effectively in a range of ways. When students each have a laptop, a backchannel chat can be a useful tool for the classroom. We know students are capable of multitasking; this tool can be used to ask questions during a video presentation and receive immediate response from the teacher or their peers. Used as a collaborative tool for storytelling, students can build on each others contributions in a quick, highly responsive manner, and then go back through the archived text to revise and craft a well-constructed storyline. Students can work together to take a common set of notes during a class lecture, or make comments for peers who are making presentations. Moderated by the teacher or a chosen student, the chat is archived and each entry is logged according to the student username. No signup is necessary for the students, only for the teacher hosting the CoverIt Live (FREE!), and the access can be through the url or by embedding the chat in a wiki or other website.
Workshop Presenters: Sarah Sutter and Deb Taylor
A high school art teacher and technology integrator, Sarah Sutter has been teaching at Wiscasset High School for 14 years. She also teaches digital imaging at the University of Maine in Augusta. Sarah spends much of her day helping other teachers integrate open source arts and social media technology across all curricular areas. Sarah is also a Google Certified Teacher, and presents regularly at edtech conferences. A high school foreign language teacher, Deb Taylor has been teaching at Wiscasset High School for 8 years. She primarily teaches French but also teaches some beginning level Spanish courses. She actively works to integrate technology into her classroom in meaningful ways that promote learning, create cross-disciplinary connections, and facilitate collaboration with students and teachers beyond Wiscasset’s borders.
Recording of workshop: http://stateofmaine.na4.acrobat.com/p23311260/