Nicholas Strom, teacher from West Fargo High School, shared a resource with NDCTE: Parlay.
Parlay is a digital round table discussion platform designed to for both synchronous and asynchronous learning. For online round tables, teachers can select from the "universal library" which includes teacher shared prompts and Parlay made prompts -- these prompts are editable and customizable for your content needs. Round tables allow for multi media integration (e.g. embed videos). If students are asked to reply to their peers, the platform also provides sentence stems to help students create meaningful comments and responses.
Parlay Google Drive Resource Folder
Roll out for students is simple: They are provided a link to join your round table, sign in as a student using their School e-mail, and then they can participate in the discussion. Students identities can be made anonymous which allows for student replies to be focused on the content of their peers as opposed to who actually wrote the post. It also seems to track student conversations in a pretty nifty way (Data collection). On their website, Parlay has announced that they are offering their service for free until at least May 15th. The freshmen PLC at WFHS is looking at this to potentially help track online student attendance and deliver weekly big idea prompts.
Thank you, Nicolas for sharing this resource with us!