Export chat transcripts as CSV, Force Google logins and use Schoology chat rooms outside of Schoology.
Backchannel Chat now has a free Android mobile app.
We have made a small change to our chat join codes which will make it easier for you to share.
Teachers can add real time polls to the chat, complete with options over how the results are viewed.
Download and View an Individual Student's Chat Transcript
Teachers can now secure a chat room with a password.
Teachers can poll students in real time with our new instant feedback option. Ask your students a question and quickly view how the students respond.
Students can post to a discussion and we remove any author information from the message when it is displayed to the rest of the chat audience. We show the correct author display to the teacher of the discussion.
A few of our teachers have asked us if we could allow students to upload files and give teachers moderation control over this, learn what we've done to support this.
We've enabled a new feature for our premium Backchannel Chat users, you can now embed your chat into your website and conduct a controlled chat with visitors.
We show how to change the display name of a student, this prevents student using inappropriate names in your chats.
We discuss how to setup a custom teacher code to help manage multiple chat rooms.
We discuss a couple of new notification features that let teachers manage a chat room while working on other things.
We show a neat little feature that lets your students log into Backchannel Chat via their Google apps account.
We have released a Backchannel Chat application for your iPhone or iPad, download now from the App Store.
We provide a comprehensive set of features for schools to govern the backchannel chat discussion rooms that get created inside of Schoology.
Its easy to add a polleverywhere poll to Backchannel Chat, follow these simple instructions to add a poll to your backchannel chat room.
Learn how to embed a banner image to the top of your chat room to set the context and personalize the experience.
Learn how to embed your chat room into your website. Visitors can watch the updates in real time.
If you manage a number of different classes and would like a better way to share online discussions with your class, we have great news.
Backchannel Chat for Google Apps now supports deployments where teachers and students are in separate domains.
We've made Backchannel Chat better - Now you can search over all your backchannel discussions in one place.
We have released Backchannel Chat for Google Apps - Manage your school discussions easily.
We've made Backchannel Chat better - Now you can attach files to your discussions and share them with your class. Learn how to add files to your discussion now ...
We are proud to announce that Backchannel chat is now available in the Chalkable app store.
BackChannel Chat has now been released into the Edmodo App Store, learn about the features this offers users of Edmodo.
Reflections on using a backchannel during a test from two teachers perspectives.
We have introduced a new feature that will allow you to fully moderate your online discussions. Read on to see how it works.
The state of the union address is on Tuesday February 12th 2013 and provides a great opportunity for a class backchannel. Here are some ideas and suggestions.
BackChannels and distraction, do the two go together?
As teachers we should be evaluating and reflecting on our classroom activities including our online discussions, here we provide some suggestions.
Wondering how to use private messages in BackChannel Chat? We've put together a quick video showing how it works.
A simple way to collect feedback from your students using the message voting features in BackChannel Chat.
Working out the participation levels of students can be hard, we've added a new feature so you can see how many posts a student has made.
Looking for a Rubric for online discussions? What should you look for in an online discussion?
Wondering how to get started? Follow this quick guide.
A couple of ideas for using our BackChannel tool with a Socratic Seminar.
We've added a great new feature for our tool: private messages. Now teachers and students can communicate outside of the group.
Looking for ideas for your backchannel chat? How about a game of who am I?
Looking for some best practices to get started using a backchannel?
Let us show you how to control the pace of your back channel with our room locking feature.
Looking for ways to use a BackChannel in your classroom? How about during a class movie? Here are some tips.
We've released some new amplification features to BackChannel Chat that we think will make a huge difference to the way you manage a backchannel.
Adding Twitter tweets to your discussion is easy, let us show you how to include a fully styled Twitter tweet to spur discussion in your backchannel
We've added a couple of small updates this week: Pinned messages and message submit by pressing the enter key
It's with great pleasure that I can announce that we have opened up Backchannel Chat for Beta testing.
Still wondering how you can use a backchannel in the classroom?
A great quote from the NY Times article discussing classroom Backchannel
Nicholas Provenzano, an English teacher at Grosse Pointe South High School, outside Detroit, said that in a class of 30, only about 12 usually carried the conversation, but that eight more might pipe up on a backchannel. “Another eight kids entering a discussion is huge,”
What is a backchannel and what does it give your classroom?