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A chatgroup is a votable discussion board. It's created by a teacher, who invites students and parents to join it. Only they people that a teacher invites to a chatgroup can join! It's a place where students can submit questions, links, or their ideas. Teachers and students can vote on eachother's submissions. Anyone can post comments, too, which are responses to someone's submissions.
There's two ways:
At the top of ay chatgroup, click "Add members" and then click "View/edit roster". You'll see a list of everyone in your chatgroup. From here, you can select anyone you want to remove, and then click the "Remove from chatgroup" button. The person/people you selected will be removed from you chatgroup and will no longer be able to participate in or view the chatgroup.
Voting is the key difference between Jeffity and other classroom discussion boards. Voting lets students decide what's important to them, what ideas are they best, or who's work is the most impressive. If a student makes a well-stated comment in a chatgroup, students can vote that comment up. If a student offers an opinion that is unclear or poorly stated, other students can vote that comment down. This let's students peer-assess eachother with a simple "up" or "down" vote.
Only if the teacher lets it! Voting lets students effectively assess their class mates ideas. Classrooms and teachers who use Jeffity report that students love the voting feature of Jeffity... it's why they use Jeffity! However, it's up to the teacher to moderate the discussion on Jeffity. If they notice students being mean to eachother, it's up to the teacher to use this "teachable moment" to intervene. We've found that students find voting very motivating, and it motivates them to create better ideas, submissions, and class work!
I put a lot of thought into the different things that teachers, students, and parents can do on Jeffity. I wanted students to have a lot of freedom, but I wanted teachers to have complete control... just like a good classroom! Teachers create chatgroups, create subjeffits, and invite people to a chatgroup. They can edit or delete any submission or comment. Students are participants in a chatgroup, but they can't invite anyone else to a chatgroup. They can post submissions and comments, and they can vote on anything. Parents can join a chatgroup to observe the discussions, but that's it. They can't submit anything or vote. This let's you control who can do what in a chatgroup!
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