I would like to have a virtual discussion with my students based on 7 questions related to the novel we're reading. I'm looking for a tools that will let us have the discussion synchro, that will leave traces and I need to know who's writing. A taught about using Twitter but I will have to create a specific # for every questions.
Any suggestions for me ?
What about Edmodo? It's sort of like a closed Facebook just for your class.
You can add different classes into Edmodo and give kids varying levels of access.
For example, you could have "Class 1," where all the kids in your class discuss among themselves. Then you could have "Class 2," where all the kids in your partner class discuss among themselves. Then, you could have "Collaborative Class," where all the kids in both classes can discuss together.
On every user's home page, they can filter for different classes under the "Groups" section with a single click -- so kids in Class 1 can choose whether they want to see just Class 1 discussion, just Collaboration Class discussion, or everything from both discussions. When kids write a message, they can choose whether to post it just to Class 1, just to Collaboration Class, or to everyone.
TypeWithMe is also a useful conversation tool. I started an example: http://typewith.me/LOe99oOp9k
Hi Ashley, Collaborize is awesome. Visit Catlin Tucker. She got me started on Collaborize and is about to publish a book on how using it affected her teaching practice.
I've been blogging about Collaborize on my blog. The first post about it is this:
On the Collaborize site are suggested activities and ideas for discussions. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
You may try Todays Meet if you have a limited number of discussions. Its a nice backchannel. Typically, I create a room with a 2-hr window. If using at school, I put link in our shared network drive; If outside of school I set an agreed time, ex. 6-7pm; So students don't post later I open the window early to cut off once we're done; then I copy the transcript. There is no access to the room after it closes.
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