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Here is the transcript of your backchannel conversation for . This is a wiki page. As such, you can edit this page and insert text into the transcript, contining the conversation, as I have done. To edit, click the EDIT link at the top of the page. The password is teacher.

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David I look forward to reading your conversation. 10 Jul 2013 - 12:36:02

Rydell I think that the use of back channels is great for staff meetings! 10 Jul 2013 - 12:36:33

I know of a principal in Oregon who uses a wiki and others use Google Docs. But this makes a lot more sense to me, especially if the principal can go back and comment like I am. - dfw

Ged Quincy Williams Rules 10 Jul 2013 - 12:36:53

Joe Not, 10 Jul 2013 - 12:37:27

Lance This could also be used in a classroom discussion 10 Jul 2013 - 12:40:35

A while back, a teacher in Colorado, invited Dan Pink to Skype into his classroom and talk with his students. He then broadcast the who thing back out to a handful of other educators he knew, and we all backchanneled the whole thing. It was great commenting along with high school students. - dfw

jamal If your staff knows what they are doing 10 Jul 2013 - 12:41:08

An what teacher shouldn't. If teachers can do this, or teach themselves to do this, well... I think, and this is me, that the time for excuses is over. - dfw

Chris Could also be interactive exit ticket or issue bins for students or staff. 10 Jul 2013 - 12:44:20

Rydell We have several teachers that use today's meet during class to allow students to participate in live group discussions during class. 10 Jul 2013 - 12:47:08

It's not something that you would want going on all the time, but it would certainly have its place. - dfw

Rydell They are much more focused than we initially expected because it is an intuitive way of communicating for kids. 10 Jul 2013 - 12:47:46

True! Plus, if the teacher can go back and read the transcript, then he or she knows how on task the students were. Sometimes I am surprised that my audiences are paying as much attention as they are. Of course not all of them are participating. Another angle is to have only a few participate in the backchannel and then make that available to the entire group. Often, I have only the tech savvy educators in a group backchannel, and then the rest of the teachers have access, learning something about their support staff, and their instructional leanings and capabilities. - dfw

Patrice They know what personal learning networks are, we just need to connect them more deliberately 10 Jul 2013 - 13:10:57

It was a conversation I had with a couple of guys right after the presentation. We all continue to learn, even before there was an Internet. I could talk about my personal learning network, back when I was teaching and had never touched a personal computer. But I couldn't have have talked about it back then. It's being self-aware of the learning that we do that will help us to transition from teaching students how to be taught to teaching them how to teach themselves. - dfw

Patrice How random was that presentation at lunch today!! 10 Jul 2013 - 15:57:11

Probably true. It's not one of my standard keynote-style addresses. But someone heard me mention PLNs during the teacher presentation I did a while back for GCS, and wanted me to talk about it with you guys. It's a hard thing to teach, to describe, because the most important part of the acronym is the "P." PLNs are personal more than anything else. - dfw
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