Wednesday, June 29, 2011

TodaysMeet: Perfect Tool for On-the-Spot, Total Student Engagement

Looking for a way for students to write comments during class for all to see and interact. TodaysMeet is the answer. It is a safe environment for students to post comments, a bit like Twitter, but all comments are just seen by those who are given the URL to join the discussion. It is easy for a teacher to moderate the comments, and the students are not off on the Internet using an open, public site like Twitter. TodaysMeet is excellent for backchanneling, having a place for students to write comments and pose questions while a class is in session. Check out at the site's About TodaysMeet, and then grab some friends, set up a room at the main TodaysMeet page by entering a URL, and then sending the URL to those you want to join in. TodaysMeet is definitely a powerful teaching tool. Here is also a video to learn more about TodaysMeet. Additionally, check this blog post one educator wrote about using the tool: Backchanneling with Elementary School Students. If you have checked out TodaysMeet, let us know your thoughts. If you have used it, tell us about your experiences. What are your suggestions for using the tool with students?

12 comments:

Jess said...

I like this alternative to Twitter. There is no advertising and the space is private and much more protected than Twitter.

The site overall is not fancy, which isn't necessarily a problem, except there aren't many help features or preview places. A teacher would just have to try out the space with other teachers or a really easy going class.


I like that the site does not have advertising as well, but based on the discussion it seems like this is presently problems. The site cannot be used easily with mobile phones, meaning every student would need a laptop or maybe a tablet to use it within school. What do other people think about advertising in education? Does it have a place? Is there a way to allow only appropriate advertisements?

Tami said...

TodaysMeet is a great alternative to Twitter. I have not liked the use of Twitter, but find TodaysMeet to be so great! TodaysMeet allows one to see both what is being said and what you are replying to.

The simplicity of the site is great because the students will not be easily distracted by options of text color or font and different background choices.

This site could be used to do a discussion for homework because everyone does not need to be in the same room to access the discussion. It would also be an easy way to determine class participation during presentions.

I think this tool would be great within a middle school or high school as long as guidelines are outlined on how to discus respectfully.

JenniferF said...

I'd love to read and interact with this website a little more before I make a judgement about it. Its got me interested to see what it has to offer!!

Chandler said...

I think that the ability for students to ask questions, clarifying or otherwise, to fellow students or teachers is quite valuable.

Students that may be shy or withheld in a class environment might also be more apt to speak up.

Beth said...

I think that this would be great to use with my students as we are reading new books in class. Sadly finding an open computer lab would be hard to do :(.

Christine said...

This website sounds like it would be a great addition to a middle school or higher level classroom.

It is clean and simple to use after a lengthy discussion regarding appropriate comments and how to engage in conversation.

I might like to try this during a PLC with my colleagues.

Jenn O said...

This does seem like a great tool and easy to use however, I am not sure how I can use this in a fourth grade classroom. Any suggestions?

Dave said...

Interesting little tool. I would like to see a little more of it before I could figure out how to really use it on a daily basis.

Kate said...

I find this to be a benefit towards the commications for the students. I am apprehensive to use such applications as twitter because of the privacy issues. This limits these concerns. The simplicity along with having no advertisements allows for the students to be able to focus on the conversations.

AJ said...

Yes, I agree this is a great idea, but the classroom would need computers for all. It is possible that it could increase student participation and conversation, but it might diminish the the social aspect of the classroom. Who knows student might feel less comfortable sharing.

This could become a distraction itself.

Dan said...

Good idea about using this site for homework, except there are many issues about internet accessability by students as well as the maturity level of the students.

Judy said...

I used Todays Meet at a conference. It was highly effective because members of the audience with laptops and iPads could write comments to one the presenter, ask questions, and also chat with one another. It is not glamorous but easy to use. I agree with Jess it is a nice alternative to using something more public like Twitter.

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