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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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I look forward to reading your conversation.
10 Jul 2013 - 12:36:02
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.
Quincy Williams Rules
10 Jul 2013 - 12:36:53
10 Jul 2013 - 12:37:27
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.
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.
Could also be interactive exit ticket or issue bins for students or staff.
10 Jul 2013 - 12:44:20
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.
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.
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.
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.