After you've signed up or logged in to Jeffity for the first time, you'll see a screen that looks like the image below. Click the big red button on the bottom right of the screen, and then click the green button to open the form that allows you to create a chatgroup.
In this form, give the name and the section for the chatgroup you want to create. This depends on who you're planning on inviting to your chatgroup. If you're a teacher who teaches Science to five different class periods everyday, you might create one different chatgroup for each class period. In this case, the class name would be "Science" and the section might be something like "4th Period", for example. See below:
After creating your chatgroup, it will now show up on the chatgroup page. You can simply click on the chatgroup to enter into this Jeffity discussion board that you've now created. You screen should look like the picture below:
Before you do anything else, you'll want to create at least one subjeffit at this point. A subjeffit is a topic, or prompt, for your chatgroup. For example, if you're a science teacher, you might create a subjeffit in which students can share and discuss their science fair projects. Later in the year, you might create another, seperate subjeffit in which students vote/discuss where they want to take their end of year science field trip. To create a subjeffit, you'll click the "subjeffits" button at the top of the screen, and then click on "create a subjeffit". See the image below:
Here's where you'll fill out the details of the subjeffit you're setting up. Staying with out example, the teacher could fill in "Science project" as the title of her subjeffit, and she could give some more details in the "About box". See the image below for more information.
You've created an account, made a chatgroup, and created a subjeffit (or discussion topic) so far. The last thing to do is invite students and parents to your chatgroup so that the discussions can begin. Learn how to do that in the next professional development tutorial!