- If students submit responses, these will simply appear below the moderator's question. Peers will not vote on these responses.
- If students submit ideas, these can be voted up or down as a "Good Idea" when students click either yes or no. Additionally, peers can respond to each submitter's idea. This option creates more dialogue among students.
- When students submit questions, these can voted up or down by choosing yes or no.
One setting I recommend changing is Series Visibility. This will lessen the chance of uninvited users adding to your conversations.
Once students reach the site, they create a nickname and they're good to go.
- Post a statement concerning a character's motives. Let students voice opinions on whether or not they agree with this character's actions. Students can also discuss what the character should have done instead.
- Post a headline from a recent current event. After students read the news article, they chime in with their opinions.
- In preparation for argumentative writing, allow the class to crowdsource ideas. Assign students to post ideas, examples, and evidence for both sides of the issue. Regardless of which side each student chooses to argue in a later writing piece, the ideas from the other list will help them to craft their opposing view statements. (For more on strengthening argumentative writing with opposing viewpoints, see my post called Fightin' Words).
- Students agree or disagree with an editorial stand.
- Post a scenario relating to a topic or theme of a novel and ask students to share their thoughts. When students wondered why neighbors would assist the Nazis is locating Jews, I introduced the idea of Citizenship Credits. Students soon learned that incentives to report on your fellow citizen can lead to abuses.
- Students can share opinions in connection with a video (which can be attached to the form). See some sources for videos at the bottom of this page.