The Live RoundTable is a verbal discussion where students discuss in real-time.

Teaching remotely? The Live RoundTable has built-in audio capabilities. Click here to read more on how to set up the audio connection feature.

Here are 13 steps to get started with a Live RoundTable! 🙌

1. Sign Up For An Account

2. Create A Live RoundTable

Click Create New RoundTable, select your course, then select “Live”

3. Fill in the Prompt

Type in the key questions and add any resources you would like your students to explore in this discussion.

Students see the resources above their notepad. See the visual below!

Parlay Tip: Teachers can turn on/off visibility for resources and questions during a Live RoundTable. This means that, as the RoundTable unfolds, you can release resources and questions as they become pertinent to the discussion. It helps with scaffolding the activity, and makes it easier for students to digest the information.

4. Edit Sentence Stems

Teachers can set "sentence stems" for students to review during the Live RoundTable. These sentence stems are organized according to tap-in type (new idea, build on, challenge, question). This feature will help students frame their participation during the Live RoundTable.

Teacher View:

Student View:

5. Pre Set Any Polls (OPTIONAL)

You can pre-set the polls that you would like to send out during the discussion.

After you create a new poll you can save it as a draft. Students submit anonymously to polls.

6. Set Assessment Criteria (OPTIONAL)

There are two ways to edit the assessment criteria:

  • Select the three dots beside the Summary icon and select Edit Assessment Criteria.

  • Select a student's name in the sidebar and select Edit Assessment Criteria (any edits you make will update for the entire class).

7. Invite Students

You can invite students using the magic link, code, Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams. When your students click this link, they will be brought into the discussion after signing in and automatically added to this course. They can sign in with Google, Microsoft, or create a new account. If your students have already joined your course from a previous discussion, you can invite them via email.

8. Click Start to start the discussion.

9. Tapping In

Students begin tapping in when they have something to say. You can add them to the queue by clicking the plus sign (+) beside their name. (Or remove them by clicking the "-" symbol.

10. Queue System

If you have the queue system turned off, once students tap in, they can begin speaking whenever there is a gap in the conversation. The goal is for students to be more aware of who else has something to say and take initiative to speak up or let other students go first. Teachers can assign a student moderator at any time which will enable that student to add/remove their peers from the queue.

The Queue system is optional.

To select a student moderator:

Click on a student to open the student assessment panel. Select Moderator to assign this role to them. You can switch the Moderator role at any time during the discussion.

11. Nudges

At any point in the discussion, you can nudge students which sends a private message to the student. You can personalize this message to send instantaneous feedback, or encourage students to share their ideas.

12. Teacher Assessment

During the discussion, teachers click each student in the list to see a

summary of individual engagement, evaluate, and provide personalized


13. Summary Report

Don’t forget to review the summary report at the end of the discussion! Select the Summary icon in the top right corner to review data about classwide engagement.

That’s a wrap!

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