Following on from my first Parlay post, today I tried out their live table feature, and it was so good! It was good that a student unmuted during the session, to say exactly how much he was enjoying it!
This version you can start live, without importing any data, but I would recommend giving them some initial stimulus (mine watched two videos before they logged in), set up some initial questions for them to respond to (I also used this an agenda) and maybe kick off with a poll (this also helps you see that everyone is in and being active).
I did a session about the future of robotics and it was so fun! I tried this with a Grade 6 class who often talk over each other, but Parlay helped them take their turns. The prompts also meant that students would start sentences saying "I agree with X because" or "I want to build on X's idea by...", so their responses were a lot more articulate. I love that it lets me see who is being active and allows me encourage students to participate more. Anytime students were talking in circles or the class were quiet, we did another poll and moved onto the next discussion point!
I recorded a short video to explain the teacher view. One thing I didn't address was how it is solving my big online learning problem - with Teams most of the students have cameras turned off, as it is laggy. This means I often feel like I am teaching to a sea of student icons/initials. Also when we talk in teams there is awkward pauses, people talking over each other, and I can't see who wants to participate. It actually felt like being back in the classroom today, and I loved it!
Ignore the goofy way I covered student names - I just wanted to get the video done quickly.
As always, this is unsponsored - I am just excited about the product.
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