Tuesday, September 17 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Let Them Be Heard! Discussion Strategies for Mobile Learners

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Modern technology has changed what a discussion looks like and how many voices can be heard at one time. Mobile based discussions provide a chance for "All" students to participate and share what they know. Learn how to implement mobile based discussion strategies to build a community of connected learners fully engaged in class and beyond school hours.

Attendees will get a chance to tap into the mobile-based best practices for engaging students in discussions anyday, anytime. At the end of the presentation teachers will…
Know how to implement mobile based discussion strategies to build a community of connected learners fully engaged in class.

Building a Community
Do your students feel like they are part of a community or just attending a class? In this segment we will provide strategies to increase student by-in, class involvement, and maintain connectedness outside of the school day. Social media options for building a community could include any of the following: Facebook Page, Edmodo, Class Blog.

Discussions Beyond the Classroom
Class time is precious! Think about the times when there that extra, interesting academic topic to discuss that doesn’t need teacher guidance or doesn’t have to fit into the schedule. Google Groups or a Learning Management System threaded discussion (like Schoology) are tools that allow students to see everyone’s ideas and comment over an extended time. Strategies used with these tools are academic topics to be explored, opinions to be expressed, reflecting on a topic already learned, commenting on other students’ thoughts, expressing support for student performance or providing constructive criticism. These tools can spark discussions during class and continue beyond the school day.

Democratization of Class Discussion
Don’t rely on a handful of vocal students, bring all your students into the conversation with mobile devices. Using Google Forms or Socrative, you can empower your students to express their opinions and share their knowledge. When you couple these tools with a projector, your students receive recognition and are accountable to their classmates for their responses. These strategies can motivate and fully engage the entire class.

Co-presented with Dan McDowell 


Tuesday September 17, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm