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ERIC Number: EJ898749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
How to Use Backchanneling in Your Classroom
Jarrett, Kevin; Devine, Mary Ann
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n1 p41-44 Sep 2010
Student engagement--it's what every educator strives for. When a lesson includes showing a movie and involving students in a discussion about it, it's even harder to get--and keep--students engaged. What if there was a free, easy way to engage one's students during lessons like this, meeting them "where they live" with technology, effortlessly drawing them into substantive conversations, eliciting more thoughtful feedback, and inspiring higher-order thinking skills? Would you take advantage of it? This is the story of one educator who is doing exactly that. Mary Ann Devine teaches 6th-grade social studies at Northfield (NJ) Middle School. She uses backchanneling, the "practice of using networked computers to maintain a real-time online conversation alongside live spoken remarks." Innovative K-12 educators are adopting the practice for classroom use as a means to increase student engagement. This article discusses how backchanneling works as demonstrated in Devine's class.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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