Parlay is a virtual round table student-driven discussion tool. Browse the discussion prompts on the site or create your own. Each round table starts with a statement of the learning goals for the activity. Students then view added content and multimedia, including videos, articles, and other information to support the discussion. After reviewing the content, students participate by responding to discussion questions followed by peer feedback. After creating a round table, invite students to participate using the join code or link to your activity. Another option available on the site is Parlay Genie, an artificial intelligence-based tool that creates discussion prompts based on your topic, grade range of students, and additional information such as weblinks and the number of students. In addition, Parlay connects to Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, and other school platforms, allowing educators to assign to students automatically. The free option offers up to twelve round tables and one custom content request.
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In the Classroom
Parlay is an excellent tool to help you teach listening and discussion skills! Browse Parlay's topics to find many ideas for engaging students in thoughtful discussions and conversations. Take advantage of the time-saving features found in Parlay Genie to generate discussion questions and ideas based on your source materials and content. Include recorded conversations and written student responses using Vocaroo, reviewed here. If sharing articles to discuss, use Fiskkit, reviewed here, for students to annotate and comment within each article. The free Parlay option is limited; however, access to the Round Table ideas is free. Use these ideas to promote classroom discussion with Flip, reviewed here. Ask students to use Flip to record video responses upon completing the learning and discussion portions of the Round Table activities.