Student-driven Discussions in a Future of Blended Learning

How does Parlay help?

Whether inside the classroom or in an online learning environment–Parlay gives teachers the tools they need to facilitate meaningful, measurable and inclusive student-driven discussions. No matter what version of blended learning your school is pursuing, Parlay is ready to help teachers build a strong and engaging classroom community where students can flourish. Here’s how you can use Parlay at any point in your blended learning classroom.

Blended learning activities.

  1. Written + In-Class
    Online RoundTables are a great way to mix-up your classroom instruction from the traditional lecture format to a student-centered approach. In this activity, teachers create a short discussion prompt for students to read and respond to on their devices. After submitting, students take 15-20 minutes to read through and comment on their classmates’ ideas.  At the end of class, the teacher can lead a class reflection on the summary data. Optional secret identities can be used to make the discussion more engaging and inclusive. These discussions can start and end inside the classroom, or carry on outside the class for a truly blended learning experience.
  2. Written + Online
    Asynchronous written discussions are an integral part of online and blended learning. The Online RoundTable was designed to make this experience more inclusive, meaningful, and data-driven. One of the most successful applications we have seen has been for teachers to give students a few days to submit their response, and then have everyone log in together at the same time to provide comments and replies in real time. This way they can give everyone time to organize their own ideas, and then maximize engagement in a synchronous environment.
  3. Verbal + In-Class
    Parlay’s Live RoundTable is a great tool to teach students how to build on, challenge, and question each others’ ideas inside the classroom. It makes it easy to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate.  Teachers also have the tools to quietly encourage individual students to participate, run anonymous classroom polls, and assess/provide feedback to students. To use this tool in a blended learning environment, many teachers will start with an Online RoundTable from home and the transition to a Live RoundTable inside the classroom.
  4. Verbal + OnlineUse Parlay’s Live RoundTable in conjunction with Zoom of Meets to provide multiple entry points for all students to participate. Students can click to indicate they’d like to speak, celebrate contributions, vote in class wide polls and get nudges from the teacher to speak up. Summary Data helps the class debrief the conversation to improve on skills for next time. Check out what this teacher had to say about her virtual Live RoundTable.

Supporting teachers beyond tech.

Supplemental tools like Parlay require more than just great tech to help teachers make a successful transition towards blended learning. They require meaningful content to help teachers get started, and a strong focus on professional learning (TPACK). Parlay supports teachers above and beyond simply providing a useful tool for student-driven discussions. Here are the ongoing services we provide to every teacher on Parlay:

  • Real-time chat support with an average response time of 2 minutes.
  • The Parlay Universe has over 600 ready-made discussion topics.
  • On-demand creation of discussion prompts aligned to teachers specific classroom requirements.
  • A growing library of resources like how-to guides and videos. 
  • 1:1 or group video support for demos, Q&A, and sharing best practices.

Our goal is to help make your blended learning classroom the best that it can be by supporting a variety of student-driven discussion activities that engage students in learning.

For more on this…

Please check out 8 Ways to Use Parlay in Distance and Hybrid Learning.

That’s a wrap!

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