The Secret to Having Online Class Discussions That Engage Students

There are many meaningful discussions taking place right now about how to manage online conversations, leverage messaging, eradicate bullying, and ensure communication tools are used appropriately by everyone within a school community.

We’ve found that strategies and preferred edtech seems to vary school to school, with all acknowledging that it can be a genuine challenge to set ground rules and create a safe online environment for students to keep in touch and keep learning.

So what’s the best way to talk transparently about common concerns over online messaging spaces? We think it’s to talk to teachers who have done it and seen discussion spaces work. Below we’ve put together a few questions about online chat/discussion boards used in classrooms. Read on and you’ll find some advice from Chalkup teacher users and friends on what’s worked for them.

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