I have been using a back channel during my classes with great success. A back channel is a website that uses live stream where participants can make comments, share thoughts and ask questions. I use that feedback to tailor my presentation, review points, and address student needs. At first I thought this type of interaction would be distracting but it is not. It has become a great assessment tool. Students, who normally do not ask questions, seem to like this type of interaction. I use the following website: www.todaysmeet.com It's quick and easy to set up.
If you are using a back channel or other method of collecting comments, thoughts or questions from students during class time, please share your experience in this discussion.
Using TitanPad in class allows for students to do group work, for those times your face-to-face students are collaborating with students in other schools. To use the tool, one person goes to TitanPad and creates a public pad then shares the link with the rest of the group. This tool gives a shared notes space as well as a side chat. Great for capturing discussions and ideas. The notes can be exported and saved in a number of ways.
Thanks for sharing, Bev. I have not used TitanPad before, but I will try it now. I really like that you can make the pad public with a password. Another great feature is that the doc option tracks contributions in the same color identifier as the chat window. I'm thinking about using this in training for completing and sharing collaborative group work.
Answer Garden is useful and different AnswerGarden - Plant a Question, Grow Answers
I've used Today's Meet and Chatzy to meet the need for a back-channel or "virtual parking lot" during training. One Chatzy advantage is that it can be password protected. I do, however, like the ease in set-up and auto-delete feature of Today's Meet. The other tool I've used for this (and many other training activities) is EdModo. Participants can just add their question or idea in a note and you have a Facebook type feed.
I really appreciate the additional options everyone is sharing! Each is a bit unique, and I am already exploring utilization possibilities!