Supporting classroom dialogue using digital technology
Are you interested in how to develop talk for learning with your students? Do you want to make use of digital technology as a productive learning tool in your lessons, promoting 21st century skills such as collaboration and critical thinking?
This website supports teachers to develop their dialogic classroom pedagogy and use of digital technology. In Understanding Classroom Dialogue there are readings and structured activities to assist teachers in developing a ‘dialogic classroom’. And How to use Talkwall introduces Talkwall, a completely free cross-platform microblogging tool designed to enhance and possibly transform interactions in the classroom.
This approach is being developed by the University of Oslo and the University of Cambridge, funded by a grant from The Research Council of Norway. The free resources available on this website will continue to be developed in close collaboration with teachers.
A teacher posts a question or a challenge on Talkwall. Students engage in exploratory dialogue with each other to consider this.
Students use their laptops, tablets or mobile phones to contribute their ideas to a shared ‘wall’. Contributions posted by other students can be built on and extended.
Students’ contributions can be displayed in the classroom (e.g. on a large screen or projector). These are immediately visualised and can be interactively arranged in a way that promotes further talk for learning.
DiDiAC combines two complementary research traditions: the University of Oslo building teachers’ capacity to foster group work with 21st-century technologies (the micro-blogging tool Talkwall) and the University of Cambridge building dialogic classroom pedagogy (the “Thinking Together” approach).
We are conducting design-based research, in Norwegian and English schools, with teachers as co-researchers. We are investigating if, and how, these resources might enhance, or potentially transform, classroom dialogue.