October 17 Day 953: Learning New Tricks

When teaching remotely, I had lots of ways to get feedback—reactions, polls (often in Miro), waterfall chats. Now that I am back in person, I’m trying to find the right method.

Inspired by my son’s willingness to ask his teacher questions on Discord, I set up a server for my class. I have to admit, I am not comfortable with Discord. I’ve barely used it before and of all the people in my class, I know the least about it. So it’s a little strange that I am running it.

Mostly I use it to post announcements or group assignments for the week. I check for questions but don’t monitor the activity very closely.

Today I wanted to poll the class and thought, “I bet I can do that on Discord.” I googled “how do I create a Discord poll?” and got a simple solution using emojis.

It worked well enough. But a helpful soul showed me a better way (and honestly not any more difficult). So I tested it out this evening.

It’s only been 15 minutes and already 1/3 of the class has responded. That’s a pretty great response rate. There might be something to this Discord thing.

I’m a novice and I’m ready to learn. It’s great learning from my students, but for those teachers who have been using Discord for years, what knowledge do you have to share? What is the best discord teaching hack you can drop for the rest of us?

Thank you in advance.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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