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.Continue reading Show less
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.
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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