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Cross posted on Staffrm.io
One of the first tools we get teachers starting with on Hwb+ is the discussions tool. It allows teachers and students to start and contribute to discussions in their class site (in primary) or their subject / yr group site (in secondary). Because everyone’s answers are visible straight away it doesn’t really work as a ‘testing’ tool in the traditional way. Once the first person has pointed out that 2+2 = 4, there’s not much for the second person to do. However, after the initial disappointment, teachers usually get very creative in what they can use them for. Ideas include:
If this is the answer, what is the question?
How many different ways are there to find the answer to?
What adjectives can we use to describe this picture. You can’t use anything that’s already been used
Do you agree with this?
What did you think of the match on Saturday?*
*We’ve got several schools adopting this ‘literacy by stealth’ approach – especially as students have 24/7 access to their class site.
What other questions could you ask, if everyone sees all the answers?