Recently Mrs. Thompson’s Wellness classes have been preparing for the upcoming topic of adolescence and puberty. To battle the giddiness, uncomfortableness and self consciousness that the students feel with this topic, she decided to try Todaysmeet.com, a backchannelling site. This online resource offers the opportunity for students to pose and answer questions all the while :

 

1)  not having to wait for the teacher to call on them

2) not having to feel uncomfortable about the topic

3) not feel that their question is “stupid” or ‘random’

4) with anonymity*

#4 was interesting as Mrs. Thompson decided to give each student a number instead of having the students use their real names.

Students watched a short BrainPop video about Adolescence.

Students when joined a “practice’ room at Todaysmeet.com without instructions or guidelines. This time was used for the students to experiment with the site, get the goofyness worked out, and develop strategies to converse with specific people in the class. Once the excitement  subsided, there was a discussion of how a backchannel worked. Basic guidelines were worked out.

Students posted great questions and answers. Room moderators evolved

naturally. Participation was 100 %.

Post activity the students mentioned that:

-“It helps you if you are really shy”

-“I like it being private.”

“Hard to do as you watched the movie. It was better when we hard time after the film.”

It would be better on laptops so you could seperate yourself from others.

‘I can ask qestions without anybody knowing.”

“Some people get off task.”

“”ou don’t have to try and speak over other people.”