Backchanneling is an important skill in the 21st century education. By definition, backchanneling is interacting with the primary activity through participating in a secondary activity. For instance, you might be watching a documentary and in the same time sharing information nuggets about it with your friends on Twitter, or, you might be exchanging short messages with colleagues attending the same lecture...etc.
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There are several reasons why you need to try backchanneling with your students. According to langwitches, who designed the graphic below, the purpose for backchanneling with students could be :
- Collaborative note taking
- Curating information
- Capturing quotes
- Gathering and linking resources
- Sharing notes and adding one’s own perspective to others.