Want to quickly set up an online discussion with students? Try Shout’em. Similar to Twitter or an online chat room, students can create online discussions monitored by you. Jenny Johnson recently had her students use Shout’em as an online class discussion of thesis statements. The following links show the discussion between her students in Block 1 and Block 3 classes.
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