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Online Discussions

Online Discussions Strategies
  1. Take a minute to add your thoughts to this question.
  2. Complete this quick Google Form.
Three Types of Discussion Approaches
  1. Ongoing Discussions and Sharing - Using Google Plus Communities to have an ongoing exchange with students.

  2. Discussion Starters - Using an online tool to gather responses or data from students that is then used have small or larger group face-to-face discussions.

  3. Online Discussions - Using an online tool, the bulk of the discussions between students happens online.
Building a Community with Google Plus Communities
  • Classes, departments, clubs, teams, etc.
  • Can be used to:
    • Celebrate achievements
    • Sharing photos and videos
    • Building anticipation
    • Reminders
    • Have kids contribute resources
    • Examples

Discussion Starters
Don’t rely on a handful of vocal students, bring all your students into the conversation with mobile devices. Using Google Forms, Padlet 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.


To draw all students into face to face class discussions

Google Forms
  • Beginning of class or day before
  • Type of questions: engaging, relevant, thought-provoking, opinion
  • Pre-test
  • Show what you know
  • Use multiple choice, list, or checklist to generate graphs & tables for viewing data
  • Discussion starter
  • Brainstorm and share ideas
  • Collect feedback or brief summaries of learning
  • Teacher paced
  • Ongoing feedback and discussion prompts
  • Type of questions: engaging, relevant, thought-provoking, opinion
  • Check for understanding
  • Show what do you know?
Other Options
Online Discussions Overview
Class time is precious! Think about the times when there is that extra, interesting academic topic to discuss that doesn’t need teacher guidance or doesn’t have to fit into the schedule. Or you want open up a backchannel. Google Classroom and Google Groups are two tools that allow students to see everyone’s ideas and comment over an extended time. 

24/7 discussions
Giving a voice to everyone
Taking time to respond
Ability to see and comment on the ideas of their peers

Use interesting and relevant topics, questions, readings, videos, etc.
Let students ...
  • express their opinions
  • reflect on a topic already learned
  • comment on other students’ thoughts
  • show support for student performance or provide constructive criticism