Let's review some tips on how to take on this leadership role in the discussion! 🙌

Responsibilities of the Student Moderator

As the moderator, you are able to:

  • Add students to the queue and decide on the order of speakers.

  • Encourage all students to share their ideas. The more ideas shared, the more we can learn from one another!

  • Share suggestions and reminders to support your classmates as they participate in the discussion.

As the moderator, you have the ability to participate in the discussion as well! You can take the lead and be an example for what thoughtful and open-minded participation looks and sounds like in a class discussion.

So, let's dive in!

How do I know if I am selected as the student moderator?

Teachers can switch up this role at any point in the discussion so here's how you can see if you're the moderator:

  • An icon with the text "You are the moderator" will appear at the bottom of your screen.

  • A gavel will appear over your image if you are tapped in.

"Here-ye, here-ye"

How do I decide who the next speaker should be?

When your classmates tap-in to speak, there are several features around their image that can help you decide on who to add as the next speaker.

For example, let's take a look at these students who are currently tapped into a discussion and waiting to speak. Let's review the information around their images.

So, of these 3 students, who would you select as the next speaker?

You can use the following information to guide your decision making:

  • Look at the number of times they've tapped in to join the discussion already - has it been significantly more times than their peers?

  • The number of votes they've received from their classmates.

  • The tap-in type.

    • Quick tip: You might want to choose the students that have tapped in with a build-on, challenge, or question before moving onto any new ideas (this will help the class stay on topic!)

  • Any text included under their image. If they've identified a specific idea or a specific classmate that naturally fits into the current discussion, this might help you choose who to add first.

So, perhaps our friend Alice might need to wait a bit longer to share that new idea. What do you think? 🤔

How do I call on students to speak?

If the Queue System is on:

On the right of the screen, you will see the queue system that provides one space for the Speaker, and two spaces for the next students On Deck.

When students tap in, you will see a "+" icon beside their image. Select this icon to add them to the next available spot in the queue. If you'd like to remove them from the queue for any reason, you can select the "-" icon. Once the Speaker has finished sharing their idea they will tap out and the next student on deck will automatically move to the speaker position.

☝️ Quick Note: Your teacher will always have access to the add / remove icons so you're not alone. Please ask them if you need any support with the queue!

If the queue system is off:

You can let students speak up when there is a silence, and if you want, you can verbally call on your classmates who have tapped in to share their ideas. You know how to use the information around their image to guide your decisions. Be confident! You got this!

Here are some reminders that you might need to offer during a discussion:

  • 👂 Remind your classmates to vote for someone when they would like to hear from them.

  • 🎊 Remind your classmates to use the high five emoji to celebrate ideas shared (and activate fun confetti!)

  • 💻 If you're in a hybrid or remote setting where not everyone is in the same room, you might need to remind your classmates to unmute themselves when it's their turn to speak.

  • 💬 Remind your classmates that they can write some text below their tap-in type. They want to keep it short though.

That's a wrap!

Well done for taking on this important leadership role in your class discussion 👏

Stay Curious!

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