New Updates for Backchannel Chat

By Daniel
Export chat transcripts as CSV, Force Google logins and use Schoology chat rooms outside of Schoology.

Backchannel Chat for Android

By Daniel
Backchannel Chat now has a free Android mobile app.

Shorter Join Codes

By Daniel
We have made a small change to our chat join codes which will make it easier for you to share.

Backchannel Chat Polls

By Daniel
Teachers can add real time polls to the chat, complete with options over how the results are viewed.

Per Student Transcripts

By Daniel
Download and View an Individual Student's Chat Transcript

Room Passwords

By Daniel
Teachers can now secure a chat room with a password.

Real Time Student Responses

By Daniel
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.

Public Anonymity – Private Accountability – New Feature

By Daniel
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.

Students can now share files with teacher moderation

By Daniel
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.

Enhanced Embeded real time chat in your website

By Daniel
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.

Changing a student's display name in a chat

By Daniel
We show how to change the display name of a student, this prevents student using inappropriate names in your chats.

Managing Multiple Chat Rooms With Custom Teacher Codes

By Daniel
We discuss how to setup a custom teacher code to help manage multiple chat rooms.

New Notification alerts for Backchannel Chat

By Daniel
We discuss a couple of new notification features that let teachers manage a chat room while working on other things.

Force your students to use their real name

By Daniel
We show a neat little feature that lets your students log into Backchannel Chat via their Google apps account.

Backchannel iPad / iPhone app released

By Daniel
We have released a Backchannel Chat application for your iPhone or iPad, download now from the App Store.

Backchannel Chat – Schoology School Admin

By Daniel
We provide a comprehensive set of features for schools to govern the backchannel chat discussion rooms that get created inside of Schoology.

How to add a poll to a Backchannel Chat Room

By Daniel
Its easy to add a polleverywhere poll to Backchannel Chat, follow these simple instructions to add a poll to your backchannel chat room.

Add Banner Images to Your Chat

By Daniel
Learn how to embed a banner image to the top of your chat room to set the context and personalize the experience.

Embed real time chat in your website

By David
Learn how to embed your chat room into your website. Visitors can watch the updates in real time.

Student Access Features

By David
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 - Support for Separate Domains

By David - May 2013
Backchannel Chat for Google Apps now supports deployments where teachers and students are in separate domains.

New Feature: Advanced Search

By David - Apr 2013
We've made Backchannel Chat better - Now you can search over all your backchannel discussions in one place.

Backchannel Chat For Google Apps

By David - Apr 2013
We have released Backchannel Chat for Google Apps - Manage your school discussions easily.

New Feature: Add Files to Backchannel Chat

By David - Mar 2013
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 ...

Backchannel Chat is now in the Chalkable App Store

By David - Mar 2013
We are proud to announce that Backchannel chat is now available in the Chalkable app store.

BackChannel Chat Released in the Edmodo App Store

By David - Feb 2013
BackChannel Chat has now been released into the Edmodo App Store, learn about the features this offers users of Edmodo.

BackChannels During Tests

By David - Feb 2013
Reflections on using a backchannel during a test from two teachers perspectives.

New BackChannel Chat Feature: Moderation

By David - Feb 2013
We have introduced a new feature that will allow you to fully moderate your online discussions. Read on to see how it works.

Lesson Ideas for the State of the Union

By David - Feb 2013
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.

Dealing with Distraction

By David - Feb 2013
BackChannels and distraction, do the two go together?

Reflection on using a BackChannel

By David - Feb 2013
As teachers we should be evaluating and reflecting on our classroom activities including our online discussions, here we provide some suggestions.

Video showing our Private Messages

By David - Feb 2013
Wondering how to use private messages in BackChannel Chat? We've put together a quick video showing how it works.

Using your BackChannel for Collecting Student Feedback

By David - Feb 2013
A simple way to collect feedback from your students using the message voting features in BackChannel Chat.

BackChannel Chat Features - User Message Totals

By David - Jan 2013
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.

Instructor-led Online Discussion Rubric Suggestions

By David - Jan 2013
Looking for a Rubric for online discussions? What should you look for in an online discussion?

How Do I Get Started?

By David - Jan 2013
Wondering how to get started? Follow this quick guide.

BackChannel Suggestions - Socratic methods with students

By David - Jan 2013
A couple of ideas for using our BackChannel tool with a Socratic Seminar.

BackChannel Chat Features - Private Messages

By David - Jan 2013
We've added a great new feature for our tool: private messages. Now teachers and students can communicate outside of the group.

BackChannel Suggestions - Who am I?

By David - Jan 2013
Looking for ideas for your backchannel chat? How about a game of who am I?

BackChannel Suggestions - Getting Started Best Practices

By David - Jan 2013
Looking for some best practices to get started using a backchannel?

BackChannel Feature - Room Locking

By David - Jan 2013
Let us show you how to control the pace of your back channel with our room locking feature.

BackChannel Idea - Class Movies

By David - Jan 2013
Looking for ways to use a BackChannel in your classroom? How about during a class movie? Here are some tips.

BackChannel Amplification

By David - Jan 2013
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.

Using Tweets in a BackChannel

By David - Jan 2013
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

Recent Updates

By David - Jan 2013
We've added a couple of small updates this week: Pinned messages and message submit by pressing the enter key

Beta Launch

By David - Jan 2013
It's with great pleasure that I can announce that we have opened up Backchannel Chat for Beta testing.

Classroom Backchannel Suggestions

By David - Jan 2013
Still wondering how you can use a backchannel in the classroom?

Students Speaking Up With a BackChannel

By David - Dec 2012

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,”

Why Backchannel?

By David - Dec 2012
What is a backchannel and what does it give your classroom?