Teacher Review For TodaysMeet

Bare bones backchannel site gets kids thinking and sharing

Kelly A.
Classroom teacher
Ladue Middle School
St. Louis, MO
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
Digitial Citizenship and EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
We use TodaysMeet in my classroom primarily as a brainstorming tool. At the beginning of each unit, we get in small groups of 2-3 students, and groups work together to put in thoughts on our essential question. At the end of each unit, we share situatinos where we might apply the skill in the future. I've found that students really strive to put quality thoughts on the board, and are excited to see others' contributions. We have also used TodaysMeet as a way to reach out to the world - during a conversation on currency conversion rates, we put out a call on Twitter for international citizens to tell us what their coins are called. Overall, TodaysMeet has been a fabulous tool in our classroom.
My Take
TodaysMeet is a simple backchannel tool. Once a teacher sets up a "room," responders can submit 140-character messages on a browser or mobile site. Students love watching responses pop up in real time, and are eager to share their ideas to the board. There are a few drawbacks - teachers cannot alter or delete a feed, and the honor system must be used when students choose their handles. TodaysMeet is an excellent tool for brainstorming and driving conversation in the classroom, and a fantastic tool for talking with responders in the real world.