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Chat rooms are a great way to have a classroom discussions that enable and invite more students to participate than the traditional teacher-call-on-students model or even less teacher-focused models like Socratic Seminar. All you need is an internet connection and a plan to keep things organized.
Another advantage is that TodaysMeet has a built in, one-press-of-the-button option to generate a transcript of the chat, which you can save to read and assess later.
Two days later, they chatted in the first person point of view as that character. Update — October I am not so fond of this activity anymore. Analysis of Text — Knowing that my students had so many thoughts about Animal Farm even before we finished the novel, I set up a chat to give them a platform to discuss the plot, characters, motivations and major issues of the novel so far.
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Although we had many opportunities to discuss each text in pairs, small groups and as a class, I used TodaysMeet to give students a chance to focus on the big meaning of the unit. October — One of my new favorite ways to wrap up a unit is to have the chat, then use many of the same chat questions for an essay.
The chat helps students begin to process their ideas, which make the essays stronger. Chatrooms provide a more democratic way for students reflect. You, the teacher, can have direct contact quickly with students as you virtually jump in and out of chat rooms. I find that most students love to use technology, so sometimes they are willing to be more engaged and take more intellectual risks in order to not miss out on the fun.
This is a fast paced activity that seems to keep students very involved in their learning. I make sure students know that while they are using interactive technology in the classroom, they need to write using Academic English.
Privacy — I have my students sign in with their first name and last initial — just to keep things safe. October — TodaysMeet now allows you to require students to sign in using their school Google account.
I love this feature for privacy. As students establish their accounts, they get access to the party room to say hi and do all those silly things teens love to do with social media. Once everyone is signed up, we move on to the real chat. This also gives me some space to talk about the difference between party room kind of interaction, and serious academic discourse in a chat room.
Instead, in advance of the lesson, I set up multiple rooms for each class. I assign four or five students max to each chatroom. Since I have a class blog, I create a blog post that lists each group, its members, and provides a hyperlink to each chatroom below is a screenshot from my class blog.
Not having a class blog is not a problem. Just project or distribute this information. But, I also prepare a list of questions ahead of time to guide the discussion. I project these questions one at a time, making sure the earlier questions remain visible. If some groups are still on question one, I do not force them to move on.
But if a group feels like it has exhausted a question, I want to quickly have another available for them. Once classes gain experience, I make my life easier by assigning a moderator in each group. I give her or him the list of questions.
I encourage them to agree or respectfully disagree with their classmates, to pose questions to the group and to use the sign to address individuals in their chat room.
Then I comment on what students are saying.Challenges of incorporating technology in education. Research by Clark () has shown that incorporating technology in the classroom often has many disadvantages.
First, it has shown that the education system has become centralized, exam driven, joyless, impersonal, and irrelevant to the demanding constantly changing world of the children. ALTEC, the umbrella organization for the 4teacher tools, manages the Technology Rich Classroom (TRC),Title II-D initiative in Kansas.
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age makes it even easier — from copying-and-pasting someone else’s work to hiring an essay-writer from an online essay mill. While technology could be seen as yet another avenue for cheating, it’s possible to structure.
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