Video Tutorials on setting up, moderating and participating in a CoverItLive chat

This is a screenshot of the HiLite staff's use of CoverItLive

We’ve posted pieces on CoverItLive before on this site. It’s on online tool you can use to host live, online discussions. You can see the staff’s use of it during the 2011 State of the Union Address. The program has a variety of uses ranging from live coverage of news and sports events to group chats and webinars. Below are three video tutorials created by Carmel High School (Indiana) students¬†Laura Peng, Ray Qian and Yameen Hameed. They do a great job of walking you through setting up, moderating and participating in a CoverItLive chat. Many thanks to them for taking the time to put these together and for doing such a great job.

The HiLite staff is advised by Jim Streisel.

Has your staff used CoverItLive before? Please share a link in the comments below.

Video Tutorial: Setting Up a CoverItLive Chat

Video Tutorial: Moderating a CoverItLive Chat


Participating in a CoverItLive Chat

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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5 thoughts on “Video Tutorials on setting up, moderating and participating in a CoverItLive chat

  • January 20, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I should point out that these chats are easy to promote as well. The State of the Union chat included a Facebook reminder the day of the event as well as a preliminary email to all of the teachers in the building (especially the social studies teachers) about the opportunity as well as a request to announce it to their classes.

    As an adviser, it was really cool to watch the event unfold.

  • January 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    That does seem really cool – I know what I’ll be twisting arms over on Monday.

    Two questions –

    Can participants access this from smart phones?

    and what sorts of events have gotten the best participation?

  • January 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Good question about the smart phones, Holly. I’m not really sure. I just checked the link to the State of the Union Address at the top of the post with my iPhone and it seemed to work, but I’m not sure how it will work in a “live” setting. It’d be interesting to try.

    As for the most successful events, we found the most success during the 2008 presidential election. Lots of kids watched the returns coming in on TV and shared their thoughts during the night. The State of the Union Address didn’t have as many participants, but it was still a robust conversation.

    I think it would be fun to try, say, a round table conversation with student government participants or maybe even a popular band or something. Really, the sky’s the limit.

  • January 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    My kids just did a chat for the State of the Union address on Tuesday. Turns out you can use a smart phone to access CoverItLive chats. So that’s good news.

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