I attended the session called Backchannels in the Classroom by Scott H. Snyder. He clearly stated that he had been looking for ways to involve the more shy students in his classes in the discussions of the materials that he teaches. One of the ways that he discovered was to create what he refers to as ‘backchannels’ through a computer network so that students can respond in real time to the information that is being explored in class. He points out that the services that are available each have strengths and weaknesses that need to be considered as a teacher chooses which one to use. He is very specific and therefore helpful. Students can be held accountable; students can interact with each other as well as the teacher; students can think more carefully about the things that they want to say. On the negative side, the teacher can find him/herself overwhelmed with trying to present information and moderate the input from students. I look at this method of establishing participation as one more tool that I might use. My use of it would depend on the makeup of the particular class. I found the presentation interesting and well organized. I recommend it to anyone who might be looking for ways to involve more withdrawn students in the class conversations.