Review by Amy Cox, Common Sense Education | Updated March 2015

MightyMeeting

Real-time, collaborative presentation tool can promote active viewing

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Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity

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4-12
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Pros: Students actively participate in a shared meeting experience, keeping them engaged with the content.

Cons: Without a tablet and stylus for every student, collaboration is more challenging.

Bottom Line: MightyMeeting gives teachers more freedom to engage and monitor the class during a lesson, and the opportunity to have students co-construct knowledge.

Teachers should use MightyMeeting as a support tool for a lesson. They can show slides, annotate them, and make live drawings to visualize ideas during the lesson, and, if the technological resources are available, ask students to participate and collaborate by taking notes, responding to polls, and drawing together. This lends itself to introducing key concepts or review. Teachers should also consider having students run the show, hosting collaborative presentations, with the teacher participating as an interlocutor. MightyMeeting could also be used by groups of students to brainstorm ideas and collaborate on projects.

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MightyMeeting is a presentation tool that lets attendees collaborate in real time with a presentation's moderator and the other participants. Although there's no pre-created content included, teachers can upload content from their computer, Google Drive, and Dropbox to create lessons. This makes it a flexible tool for a variety of settings. Since MightyMeeting can be used on computers, smartphones (iOS and Android), and tablets, it's also easy to implement no matter the tech you have on hand. During a lesson, teachers can facilitate the meeting on a tablet -- or even a smartphone -- while moving around a classroom to monitor student work. Students will follow along, watching a projected version of the meeting or participating on their own devices. MightyMeeting allows teachers to take polls, show presentations or documents to their audience, annotate slides, draw on a whiteboard, and open the meeting up to collaboration. Students can add notes to the original documents or work on the shared virtual whiteboard. The meeting space is straightforward to navigate, and all documents and annotations are saved when the meeting concludes.

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MightyMeeting can be a strong support tool if well implemented in the right classroom. It's designed well for ease of use and is potentially engaging, putting students in a position to collaborate with one another and their teacher, but the level of engagement heavily relies on how the teacher organizes and delivers a presentation. There are many opportunities to collect data during meetings, which helpfully support teachers' understanding of student learning, but the tool could also use more built-in support for how to use it. 

MightyMeeting also best thrives in a 1-to-1 or fully saturated BYOD environment, ideally with tablets and styluses. This way, all students have the chance to edit the teacher’s presentation and take notes within the meeting space with high fidelity. Students will then get a chance to see their actions impacting the class discussion and progress -- which is key to achieving active participation. Unfortunately, if there's differential access, some of this collaborative potential isn't achieved. 

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The collaborative nature of presentations keeps attendees engaged, and the clearly organized menu makes it easy and fun to use. Touch-based notetaking can get messy and frustrating.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

A unique tool that lets students take an active role in a lesson/presentation, work with their peers, and solve problems with the rest of the class. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

There aren't many initial supports in place, but users can save presentations and notes created during a session after it concludes. These resources can be used as references and to collect data.


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