2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

The Digital Fishbowl: Incorporating a Digital Backchannel into the Fisbowl Discussion


Callyn N. Burgess♦
Rebecca Dierking, Dr. Summer Pennell, and Dr. Wendy Miner, Faculty Mentors

Classroom discussion characterizes many high school classrooms. However, not every student feels comfortable speaking in front of peers and many more students choose not to participate in the discussion on the whole. The introduction of a digital backchannel to classroom discussions not only provides an alternate platform for quiet students to share, but also compels students to pay more attention to the ideas of their peers. To facilitate this research, I asked my students to participate in several fishbowl discussions. For three discrete focus students, I examined the spoken and typed contributions to the discussion to determine the extent to which this format altered the overall quality of their contributions. 

Keywords: MAE, Secondary English, Research, Fishbowl, Backchannel

Topic(s):English MAE Intern

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 102-1
Location: MG 1090
Time: 8:00

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