How I Use It
I use Today's Meet during my reading seminars. I have 1/2 of the class form an inner circle and the other half form an outer circle. The inner circle will begin the seminar with a live discussion about the novel or article critique. The outer circle will be in Today's Meet having their own discussion about the questions being asked. I project the tech discussion on the white board and all students can both see and hear what is being discussed. I will have the inner circle discuss for 20 minutes, then I switch. Everyone is given ample opportunity to participate in the seminar and for the quite students, they can feel confident that they participated as well. This allows for full participation by the entire class. My class size is 24, so I was looking for some way to engage everyone. NOTE: Reminder to review the rules! I deduct points if a student doesn't log in with their actual name, or if a student makes an inappropriate comment. I now LOVE my reading seminars. I think it would also work well in a large classroom debate.
Today's Meet has many possibilities! It is easy to create your own class URL. The URL can last as long as you want, and then it will go away. Once a student has the URL it is easy to log in and begin. It is important that teachers practice using Today's Meet before using it in class. Students can change their name during the discussion and sometimes it creates confusion. Be prepared to create some rules. It is a live feed that all students can see. I like using Today's Meet because it engages students and gives me immediate feedback.