Using Pumble for teaching and learning

With the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, students and teachers across the world started finding new ways to communicate and collaborate for learning. 

As many events were canceled, video meeting platforms fulfilled the need of educators and learners. 

With the increase in demand for these platforms, communicative and collaborative tools like Pumble respectively started making their way in the education sector.

Here’s how you can use Pumble for teaching and learning.

What is Pumble?

Pumble is a team messaging platform that can be accessed through your browser, a desktop app, or as a downloadable mobile application. 

Pumble workspace

To get started, you’ll need to create a free account and join or create a workspace. 

Once you do that, Pumble allows you to join existing private and public channels as well as start your own. 

You can also reach people directly via direct messages.

Direct messages in Pumble

Channels are topic-specific areas where you can talk about a certain topic. Depending on the focus of the channel, you can do anything from discussing books in a virtual book club, commenting on memes or movies, to discussing ideas from a meeting.

These channels are more similar to chat rooms than forums. 

An example of channel conversation in Pumble

However, because nothing is deleted and conversations are constantly active, learners may look at previous messages almost as easily as they can converse live. 

Although Pumble is mostly text-based, you can also initiate a voice or video call and share your screen with others so they can see your presentation or suggestions. 

Pumble also has a Pumblebot, which can perform a variety of tasks, such as assisting students or teachers in changing their account settings.

How to use Pumble for education?

As we can see, Pumble can be used for many purposes in today’s workplace. 

When it comes to education, the first association is teaching and learning. 

But, education may also include different communities that focus on writing as well as organizing and participating in online conferences or any other type of online event.

You can do all that with Pumble.

Use Pumble as a writing community

This type of community can be composed of bloggers, editors, friends who like to write, and writers/game designers. 

For a writing community, channels that you can create in Pumble include: 

  • #looking-for-work
  • #blog-owners
  • #writing-podcasts, 
  • #useful-books, 
  • #movies-shows, 
  • #memes, 
  • #gamers, 
  • #arts, or 
  • #digital-nomads.

What can you do in these channels? 

A lot of different things. 

You can run timed writing sessions or collaborate on some fiction and game designs.

You can discuss podcasts, books, TV shows, movies, or games. 

You can share art, games, and memes with one another. 

Your Pumble workspace can also be the key social resource for many writers who feel stuck while writing an article, blog, or book — being a part of an online writing community in the form of a Pumble workspace can really boost their creative juices.

Why should you join the Pumble writing community?

If you’re considering joining a Pumble writing community, here are a few of the benefits:

  • Networking – Pumble can be a great way to connect with like-minded professionals, exchange ideas, or get a new perspective on your writing.
  • Less spam – By joining a channel specific to your needs, you can be relatively sure that the questions and content posted there will be more helpful and less spammy.

Use Pumble for online conferences

When you’re at an online conference, you can create or join special channels for the different parts and participants of the event. 

If you’re one of the organizers, you can create channels like:

  • #announcements, for every important announcement, 
  • #intros, for attendees to share a brief bio, 
  • #pumble-tips, for people to share their best practices for using Pumble at online conferences. 
  • #discussion, for discussing the conference topics further, 
  • #coffee-break, for coffee between two talks, and
  • #feedback for general feedback and more information. 

Add all your participants at the beginning of the conference so they can be in sync with all the important info, all the time. 

Here are a few initiatives to create connections between participants within your #announcements channel:

  • Encourage participants to fill out their Pumble profile with their full name, job title, email, and any relevant contact information.
  • Suggest emoji status based on what the attendee is looking for out of the conference.

For example:

  • 🎧 — Here to Listen, 
  • 🤝 — Looking to make connections, 
  • 📖 — Here to Learn, or
  • 💼 — Looking for a job/Looking to hire (depending on your audience and type of the event).
  • Provide ice-breaker questions in the channels to encourage discussions of like-minded people.
  • Provide introductions or connections via direct messages.

In order to make sure key messages aren’t lost in the clutter, be sure to pin key instructions.

Pinned message in Pumble

Your Pumble workspace can also provide channels to prep for talks and workshops if need be. If you want to separate speakers and participants, you can add speakers to your Pumble workspace as guests. They will have access only to the channels you add them, so they don’t get bothered with numerous messages from all other channels where participants are added. Add your guests using the Guest access feature, have conversations with them via video or voice call, create special channels for them and for the participants of their talk… Ideas are numerous.

Guest are participating in channels you decide

Why should you use Pumble for online conferences?

Here are just some of the ways you can utilize Pumble to improve your online conferences:

  • Encourage internal collaboration — Along with a chat function with an internal directory, you can set up specific channels for various aspects of your event: 
    • marketing (#marketing), 
    • technology (#tech-side), 
    • food & beverage (#coffee, #lunch, #break), 
    • event programming (#organizers, #planning, #finances), and 
    • so much more to keep communication and collaboration organized.
  • Better communicate with speakers, and sponsors – Pumble can be useful as a place to organize channels for communicating with:
    • speakers (#speakers), 
    • sponsors (#sponsors), 
    • VIP guests (#VIP-guests), and 
    • other important stakeholder groups (#investors, #communities, #suppliers).
  • Enhance attendee engagement — Pumble is a great place to foster engagement pre-, during, and post-event for special interest groups among your attendees. Create a channel and invite these attendees to keep the conversation going in between events:
    • #participants
    • #after-party
    • #expectations
    • #feedback
    • #sessions 

Use Pumble for teaching 

With Pumble, you can create an environment where your students will be engaged and connected in a remote-first world. 

An environment where classes, meetings, and assignments are all in one, virtual place. 

Use #general or #announcements channels and class-based channels (#math, #chemistry, #biology #robotics, #programming) to keep students informed and allow them to ask questions from wherever they are located. 

Continue online lectures and virtual office hours with Pumble to:

  • keep your students learning, 
  • share important announcements (#announcement channel) and updates more effectively using Pumble, 
  • set up a channel, and
  • invite the entire school to reach everyone at the click of a button. 

Pumble allows teachers and students to consolidate information into a central repository. 

No more emailing and texting students — just direct them to Pumble. 

Encourage students to stay connected with channels for clubs and various societies — like different sports societies. 

In short, Pumble creates a place where students can meet and hang out all year.

Why should you use Pumble for teaching?

Teachers should take a look at using Pumble for the following reasons:

  • Great email alternative — Pumble can greatly reduce email clutter and negate the need for teachers to sift through their email.
  • Great for sharing documents — Pumble is great for sharing documents. Sharing docs through Pumble is a great alternative, especially if you’re always hitting your storage limit in your email.
  • No phone number necessary — With Pumble, a phone number is not necessary. Instead of asking students for cell phone numbers, you can message them on Pumble. All you need is their email address and you can add them in your workspace.

How to set up Pumble for education?

Like with every app, you’ll have to make a few steps to set up everything for a successful start of your Pumble journey. 

The steps are:

  • Making an account
  • Setting up channels you need
  • Inviting users
  • Setting up roles and permissions
  • Assigning training and initial posts

Let’s start! 

Step 1: Making an account

The first step, of course, is to create an account on Pumble. 

One of the nicest things about Pumble is that it has an app for your Windows, Mac, or Linux, and iOS and Android for mobile apps — which means you don’t have to work in a browser. 

This allows for more freedom while teaching online.

Enter your email address as the first step

Once you’ve done that, go to your email where you’ll receive a verification code. 

The verification code connects your email account with the Workspace. 

The second step — enter a verification code

Enter the code and create the Company name (or school, class, name of the community or event). 

The third step — enter the name of your company

After the confirmation that the Workspace was created, click on the Go to your channel button to open the #general channel.

Go to your Pumble workspace and channels

That’s it! 

You have your Workspace now with two default channels — #general and #random

You can start by setting up your channels, profile, and main information!

Step 2: Setting up channels you need

Now when your workspace has been created, you’ll see channels named #general and #random.

You can separate channels into a few categories. For students, for teachers, and for example, for guest teachers and educators. Within each category, you can create more channels.

Some examples of channels that you can create for your students:

  • #books-and-materials — for giving access to extra books and materials, 
  • #feedback — for providing feedback, 
  • #exams — announce when the exams will be,
  • #homework — channel where students can discuss homework,
  • #ask-teacher ask questions during the lectures.

These channels serve to keep things organized for a teacher and for students to have a space to input in the lecture.

  • #tech-club — channels for technology industry announcements,, 
  • #student-events — networking for students, 
  • #movie-club, #books-lovers clubs where students can be involved, 
  • #tech-events, #math-events, #language-events — events that may interested groups of students, 
  • #internships internship opportunities, 
  • #jobs — job postings, and 
  • #career, #career-advices career resources.

Examples of the channels that you can create for teachers:

  • #chemistry-class, #math-class — channels for the subjects, 
  • #students-engagement, #students-grades — discussion about students, 
  • #teachers-books — book club for teachers.
  • #classes-problems, #classes-ideas — discuss behavior on the classes,
  • #teachers-questions — important questions, or 
  • #teaching-ideas — ideas for innovative ways of teaching.

Students, teachers, and educators now have a place to chat. Channels for teachers can be private, so the students can’t access them and see what the teachers are discussing.

Other types of channels you can create include:

  • set up some channels in order to give educators more information, conduct study or participants groups, 
  • provide availability hours and 
  • a place for students to talk to one another.

Now that we’ve discussed the channels you can create, let’s see how you can create a new channel in Pumble, at any time.

How to set up a new channel in Pumble

There are two ways to set up a new channel.

The first one is to click on the + sign next to the channels list. 

Create a new channel with click on the plus (+) sign

There, you’ll have to insert a name of the channel you want to create and a description — i.e. an explanation for what the channel is about. 

Insert the name of the channel and description

Once you enter the data, you’ll see a purple button Create

Click on it, and voilà! You have a new channel.

The second way of creating a new channel is when you go to the “Channel Browser” on the left side menu.

In the upper right corner, you’ll see the button “Create channel”. 

Create a channel with a button

Click on it, and you’ll be in a new window where you have to enter the same data as described previously.

The window for creating channels

Step 3: Inviting users

Once you’ve got everything set up, it’s time to invite users!

How to do that? 

There are a few ways.

From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left. 

Select “Invite people to [your workspace name]” from the menu and enter the email addresses of the people you want to add.

How to invite people to your workspace

Another way is to go to “People and user groups” in the left sidebar.

In the upper right corner, you’ll see a button to Invite others.

Click on it, and you’ll see a new window where you can add emails of people you want to invite.

Also, you can copy the invite link and share it through your communication channel.

Step 4: Setting up roles and permissions

To make it easy (and structured) for teachers, educators, and students, you can set up roles with different permissions.

The roles you might want to create are:

  • Admins
    • You can give 2 teachers admin rights to help control the Pumble channels, assign roles to participants, and keep things orderly.
  • Guests
    • For guest lecturers and conference speakers who will need limited access to your Pumble workspace.
Add guests to your workspace

The rest will be regular users with the regular rights of writing in channels and creating channels — both private and public — chatting between each other, sharing ideas, etc.

Step 5: Assign training and initial posts

You shouldn’t assume that your students, guest lecturers, conference speakers, community members, or teachers have used or understand Pumble. 

If you’re going to use it in the classroom, don’t just throw an invitation link through email and assume they’ll figure things out from there. 

Write a bit about why you want them to use Pumble and the kinds of exchanges you hope the platform will support.

Also, link to resources that will help students, guest lecturers, conference speakers, community members, or teachers learn to use them.

However much you might want and expect students to just start chatting, sharing memes, and asking questions, just like in class discussions it’s nerve-wracking to be the first. 

So, consider requiring students to contribute an initial few posts to get the conversation started. 

Here’s what can you ask students to do:

  1. Have them sign-up for Pumble.
  2. Have them send a message on Pumble to the teacher telling the subject so the students can be in the right channels.
  3. Once the students have been added to the right channels, encourage them to introduce themselves in the #general channel. Have them include the following information about themselves:
    1. Name, 
    2. Major, 
    3. Year, 
    4. Pronouns, and 
    5. One interesting fact about them.
  4. Then, have them post favorite (course-appropriate) memes in the #off-topic channel.
  5. Finally, encourage them to post one question about the course structure, policies, or assignments in the #assignment-help channel.

When you have done all the steps, you’re ready to start your Pumble educational journey!

Conclusion

Pumble can replace email, text messaging, and instant messaging for your team, and keep all those communication styles together in one app. With both desktop and mobile versions, Pumble can help your team collaborate and coordinate their work no matter where they are — in the field office, at home, or out knocking doors.

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