I just introduced the idea ofg backchannels at school as an idea for student feedback and /or discussion. I am interested more in the formative and alternative assessment option, but the ideas about continueing the conversation is pretty cool too! Great thing is you don't need email necessarily to invite students either.
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As with any behavior involving kids, mistakes will be made with online behavior -- and that’s a vital part of the learning process.
Nancy Jones's insight:
This article quote, "A digital native does not necessarily mean a food digital citizen," helps explain the importance of an obligation to teach students ( and their parents) the bah avoids necessary to avoid developing bad habits.