Teacher Review For Backchannel Chat

Great tool to help with collaboration

Darlene P.
Assistant Principal & Graphite Mentor
Shivela Middle School
Murrieta, CA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Math, Science, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I first used this product while my students were working on a project on their chormebooks. This allowed them to ask me questions that they had as they were working and for other students and myself to answer them. I then used it when I was out with a sub. I logged in every period and was there to answer questions they had even without me in the room. The last way that I used it was for homework collaboration. I assigned the students to come up with a topic and start research. For that i created multiple chart rooms and had them choose a time to log in. They logged in and started to come up with a topic and assign research to bring in for the next day.
My Take
Overall I like this as a monitored option. The free version is limited but $15 is not extreme and easy to manage. It was a great collaboration tool. I had to let students get the standard hi's and funny messages out of the way but after they did it was great and amazing. I had students posting sentences and asking for help editing them and I had students asking me important questions on projects. The applications are limitless and I would like to use it to allow my students to collaborate with others students in other parts of the world.