Teachers need to have students converse, discuss, and debate. At the same time, whole class discussion has some inherent challenge:
- Classroom management – getting students to follow rules, take turns, etc.
- Students who dominate the discussion
- Students too shy to participate
- Keeping a record to provide feedback to students
Adding classes is easy. Click on “Classes “and “Add Class.” Each class has a code that can be shared with students:
Students go to the Verso site, sign in with Google and enter the class code. They then see all discussions (Verso calls them “activities”) assigned to the class.
Creating an activity is easy. Click “Add Activity” in the dashboard:
An activity consists of a resource and a description where teachers can post discussion questions. The resource can be a link or a Google Drive file. Links to YouTube videos work really well in a nice preview window. Teachers can use hyperdocs in Google Drive to link to many resources. Author’s note: teachers can use the “record” option by installing the mobile Verso app on their phones. See Verso’s comment below.
Here is the magic of Verso: when students participate, they do not see their peers’ names. All students are anonymous. Students lose the baggage of identity. Talkative students don’t dominate. Shy students can shine. Here is what it looks like for students:
Here is the teacher view of the same responses:
Unfortunately, profile images from GAFE do not automatically upload to Verso. Students and teachers have to add profile pictures themselves. Teachers should have students do this early in the school year so they see students’ faces when they read discussion posts and give feedback.
Thank you for reading this introduction to Verso. If you would like to talk about this more, comment below or tweet me at @edtechtom.
Here is a brief introductory video from Verso. The video refers to “flips.” Verso now calls them “activities.”
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