Site URL: Chatzy.com
Content: Chatzy is an online platform that allows users to create private chat rooms for group discussions.
Design: This is a no-frills site, which is true of its design as well—no dynamic colors, cool graphics or videos to be found anywhere. Despite its spartan feel, Chatzy’s simplicity and retro “emoticons” give it an old-school coolness. It’s like going back to the days of dial-up Internet connections, when being in a chat room came with some status.
Review: Design shortfalls notwithstanding, Chatzy serves its intended purpose very well. The chats are fluid and private. It literally takes only a few seconds from the point a user logs on, to the point he or she has a live chat room up and running.
Chatzy is a great tool for putting a new twist on class brainstorming sessions, and a save/print feature allows users to print a transcript for later use. Privacy is a non-issue, since each new chat room is assigned an individual URL accessible only to invitees.
Unfortunately, during EducationWorld’s testing, invitees did not receive their invite, despite several attempts. This necessitated manual sending of the chatroom URL.
Bottom Line: If you want to fully engage students in class discussion, Chatzy is a great tool for getting (and keeping) their attention.