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What is Parlay?

Parlay is a software tool that helps teachers inspire meaningful, measurable and inclusive class discussions. What does this mean, exactly?

  1. Meaningful discussions help strengthen critical thinking and communication skills. 
  2. Measurable discussions track  the quantity, quality and diversity of student engagement.
  3. Inclusive discussions give every student the opportunity  to be heard and understood. 

Why did we create Parlay?

Discussion is how ideas are debated, deconstructed and rebuilt. It’s where we learn to challenge one another, and ourselves. The leaders and citizens of tomorrow must learn to think critically about the events and ideas that are shaping our world. They must work together to uncover the truth. They must find common ground to solve the biggest problems of their time. Parlay was built to make discussions easy for teachers and meaningful for students. 

How does Parlay work?

There are two types of discussion activities in Parlay. Online RoundTables are written discussions that usually take place outside of the classroom. Live RoundTables are used to facilitate face-to-face discussions, presentations or debates during class time.

Step 1 – Create a RoundTable

Browse from our collection of engaging discussion topics or create your own. Share the discussion prompt with your students.

Step 2 – Submit Responses

Each student reviews the material provided and submits their own unique response to the discussion prompt.

Step 3 – Explore Perspectives

Students read through their peers’ contributions, provide constructive feedback and build on each other’s  ideas.

Step 4 – Measure Engagement

Teachers measure engagement as the discussion unfolds, quantify student participation, and give formative assessments.

Step 1 – Setup the RoundTable

Arrange participants in a discussion-friendly classroom setup, making sure everyone is face to face.

Step 2 – Track Participants

Track speakers, leave private notes, and award points to students for demonstrating important conversation skills.

Step 3 – Give Everyone a Voice

Allow students to provide real-time peer feedback as the discussion unfolds.

Step 4 – Measure Engagement

Teachers measure engagement as the discussion unfolds, quantify individual student participation, and give formative assessments.

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