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Backchannel Chatter in the Classroom

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:32am 4 Comments

Backchannel chatter is the use of any type of texting communication by students while a lesson and/or discussion is in progress.

Previously, this texting was frowned upon by educators and looked upon

as a distraction. After all, students are expected to be respectful and

pay attention to the discussion, each other, and, above all, the

teacher, right?

In previous classes, I experimented with allowing the students to use Google chat. It was an…



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