Magazine article Technology & Learning

Top 10 Sites for Back Channeling

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Top 10 Sites for Back Channeling

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Back channeling is the practice of using networked computers to maintain a real-time online conversation alongside live spoken remarks. This is such a useful way to collaborate with educators and students when introducing new ideas, presenting in front of a large crowd, or even when watching a video.

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1. Donut Chat: Quite simply the most robust site for creating an easy-to-use chat room. A user has the ability to filter words, manage multiple rooms, and even embed it into their site.

2. Neat Chat: The easiest site for creating a fast, simple chat room to use as a back channel. Also can print out chats and upload files.

3. Chatzy: Create a private room and invite people via email or URL; includes advanced features such as the ability to use commands.

4. BackNoise: Very user friendly, with the ability to mute and hide a text.

5. TodaysMeet: An excellent site similar to Twitter in that you can chat with up to 140 characters--great for printing out transcripts. …

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