#147 – Powering Up Online Discussions

Tech Talk For Teachers January 10, 2023 7 min

Powering Up Online Discussions 

In today’s episode, we explore benefits, tools, and integration ideas for using online discussions effectively in a face-to-face classroom.

Paul Beckermann
PreK–12 Digital Learning Specialist
Podcast Host


A few benefits of using online discussions are:

  • More processing time
  • A reviewable record
  • Equity of opportunity
  • Multiple modes of expression


In this episode, we explore the following tools:

Integration Ideas

  • Teach discussion skills.
  • Post a thought-provoking question at the beginning of the lesson.
  • Have students reflect on their learning.
  • Create opportunities for students to process their work.

For more information about using online discussions, explore the AVID Open Access article, Shift to Online Discussions: Powerful but Different.