Tech Byte

Week of January 28-30, 2015

Using a Backchannel in the Classroom

Many students have side discussions in class. They pass notes, text, and tweet. Are they discussing valuable information that could benefit the class?


A backchannel can be a great tool to have a discussion while the class is involved in a lecture, project, or other activity. A backchannel is a digital conversation that runs concurrently during instruction. It gives even reluctant learners a voice. The advantage to using backchannels is that they can be monitored, saved, and shared.

Learn several tools to create a classroom backchannel

Thursday, January 29, 2015; 7:45-8:15; New Hartford Library Media Center

Thursday, January 29, 2015; 3:30-4:00; New Hartford Library Media Center

Friday, January 30, 2015; 7:45-8:15; Dike-New Hartford High School Library

Friday, January 30, 2015; 3:30-4:00; Dike Elementary Computer Lab