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#TodaysMeet SOL Encouragement

TodaysMeetA little over a week ago, I wrote a post about different ways to use TodayMeet in the classroom.  Well I have run across another one thanks to Ms. Armstrong and Mrs. Edelblut at Seven Pines Elementary.  They are using TodaysMeet as a means of having teachers, parents, and family members give words of encouragement to the students before they take their big SOL and HATs Tests.  Every morning before the students take their test, they will visit the website as a class to read the words of wisdom.

You can do this too!  It is super easy!  Just go to TodayMeet.com, name your “chat room,” and pick how long you want the website to be open: 2, 8, or 12 hours, one day, one week, or one month.  After you have created the website, share it out with all your teacher colleagues, your students’ parents, or anyone else you think your students might enjoy hearing from to wish your class words of encouragement.  (Hint: You get to make up your name when posting, so famous people stopping by isn’t out of the question!  Ha!)

Here’s a screenshot from one class:
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#TodaysMeet Ideas

TodaysMeetTodaysMeet is an awesome website that allows “backchannel” communication among the users. The website defines itself as a website to “encourage the room to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs.” The creator simply goes to the website and creates a “chat room” by making a name and picking how long to have the website be active. The website can be open from 2, 8, or 12 hours, one day, one week, or one month. After the time period is over, the website will be reset.  Once created, the website is simply shared with the people you want in the “chat room.” The users enter their name, and start chatting. I have used this website during many of my conference presentations because it gives the audience a way to ask questions without stopping the conversations that might be occurring.

Teaching with students is essentially the same thing. Why not give the students an opportunity to ask questions during class discussions that can be saved for a later date to be answered? This could also be a great way to help drive conversations or help give an outlet to students who have many questions that need to be answered.

Here are a couple of ways that I have seen Today’s Meet being used as well:
1. Reading Questions: During Literacy Rotations or during whole class discussions about books or topics being discussed, students can ask others about what is going on in the book. This could be a great way to review what has been read, or to help the students who may have missed what is happening.

2. “Jeopardy” Game: Make a game out of review or new content by asking questions to the whole class or to teams sharing a computer. The first team to type in their answer correctly wins the points. Because the conversation using Today’s Meet is realtime, it makes it easy to know what team “buzzes in” first.

3. Watching a Video: This is my personal favorite and loved using this. Richard Byrne also talked about this in one of his blog posts. Watching a video in the class can be great, but how do you know if the students are really paying attention to the content? I like to display the video on one side of my Promethean Board while I had my “backchannel” discussion going on the other side of the board. Throughout the video the students “talked” about what they were watching throughout the video.

Have anymore ways you think TodaysMeet could be used in the classroom? Please comment and let me know!

Todays Meet

Todays Meet is a backchannel website that allows teachers to generate classroom conversations without the worry of calling on individual students to answer questions. Every student has a voice at once to ask or answer questions. Basically is like a “chat room” similar to Edmodo or Twitter where students can easily interact digitally.

Last night, I met a teacher, Mr. Thornton @mthornton78, through Twitter who teaches 3rd grade in Charlottesville, VA. His class is finishing up their unit on Ancient Rome, and we have just finished. We decided to have a quick meet up on Todays Meet having my students ask review questions about Ancient Rome to his class. It was great seeing the interactions between the two classes and seeing the Ancient Rome conversation spill over into Ancient Greece as well.

My class can’t wait to meet up again through Todays Meet and then move on to meeting up through Skype!

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