How to Create Live Discussions on ClassHook
ClassHook videos are already a great way to ensure your students remain engaged with the topic you’re teaching. Live discussions on ClassHook help you take engagement to the next level by actively involving students in the discussion. With Live Discussions, you can show your students a series of clips, ask them questions, and collect responses in real-time.
Why Use Live Discussions?
- Check for understanding and adapt your lesson to meet their needs
- Actively involve students in their learning, which leads to better understanding
- Make class more lively and fun
- Reach all of your students, especially those who tend not to participate in verbal discussions
Step 1: Visit My Discussions
Log into your ClassHook account, then click on My Clips > Discussions in the upper navigation. Or click here.
Step 2: Create a new discussion
Click on + New, and specify a name for your discussion room. You can also optionally enter a lesson objective, a theme, or a guiding question to set expectations for students.
Step 3: Add clips to your queue
Now you’re in the discussion editor. To get started, you’ll need to add clips to your queue. Click on + Add under the Clips in Queue section. You can add clips from your bookmarks, playlists, personal clips, or even search for clips on ClassHook.
Once you’ve found a clip you like, you can click Select to add it to your discussion. You can add as many clips as you’d like to your queue to be shown in the discussion. You can also reorder the clips through drag & drop.
Step 4: Add questions to your clips
You could show the clips to your class and have a verbal discussion. If you wanted to collect their responses, you can add questions to pose to your students.
Next to any clip in your queue, click the edit button. After the video appears, seek to the time in the video where you want to add your question. Then click on the Add Question button to create your question. We advise pausing the video to ensure your question appears at the expected time.
Write your question, adjust the settings, and click Add Prompt once you’ve finished.
If you’ve added any pause prompts to the clip, or the clip has community pause prompts, you can copy them into the form by selecting them in the dropdown. Repeat this step to add as many questions as you’d like for every clip in your queue.
Note that you’re limited to 1 question per clip on the Free Teacher plan.
Step 5: Start the discussion
With your discussion all set, now you’re ready to get started! Click the Start Discussion button to make your discussion live. You can optionally generate nicknames for students when they join. This is a great option if you feel that students may be a little mischievous with their names.
Step 6: Wait for students to join
Once your discussion is live, you’ll see a room code at the top-left. Provide this to your students. Students can enter this code at the top of https://www.classhook.com where it says Join Room.
As students join in, you’ll see them in the participants list.
Hopefully you don’t have to use it, but you can click the X next to a student’s name to kick them from the discussion.
Step 7: Conduct the discussion
Once all of your students are in, you can play a clip by clicking on it in the Clips to Show section. At any time, you can click on a different clip to switch clips.
Under the video player, you’ll see the Question Times section, which tells you when the questions are coming up.
As you play the video, your questions will appear on screen. Students will see the question on their device and can respond. Their responses will come in in real-time, but responses are hidden by default. You can click on Show responses to show all of the responses.
Students will have a green check mark next to their name after they’ve responded to the current question.
As we’ve just seen, live discussions are a convenient way to assess your students, check for understanding, and engage the entire class in a discussion. With live discussions, you can involve even the most hesitant students in the lesson by giving them a low-risk participation option. We’re excited to see how you use live discussions!
The Student Experience
We know it’s helpful to know about the student experience as well, so we’ve outlined it below. Once your students have their room code, visit https://www.classhook.com, and click Join Room, they will see this screen.
After entering their discussion code, they will be asked to enter their name. Note that they won’t be asked to enter their name if you’ve set the discussion room to use automatically generated nicknames.
Once they’re in, it’ll instruct them to wait for a question to appear on the screen.
After a question is posed to the class, students can respond to it. Students won’t see any other responses until they answer themselves.
Once students have responded, they’ll see the rest of the class’ responses populate in real-time.