Teacher Review For TodaysMeet

Today's Meet says it will give every child a voice - AND IT DOES!

Andrea G.
Technology coordinator
Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools District
Manalapan, NJ
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, Health & Wellness
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Today's Meet is a tool that is as accessible as you need it to be. Today's Meet is a backchanneling tool that pitches itself as the voice for every child. And indeed it is. I use it in a variety of settings in my classroom, as it is so versatile that the uses of it are truly only limited by the teacher's imagination. It can be a standard backchanneling tool in which you pose a question and all students answer. The beauty of that is that every child MUST participate. It is great for scaffolding as students who are "stuck" can use other answers as their guide. For example, if you are reading a novel to review and discuss figurative language used in a chapter, you could pause your reading and ask for examples in Today's Meet. The students who are stuck can watch the "conversation" that is unfolding and possibly develop an idea of their own drawn off of those examples. You can also use it as an assessment tool by asking a question and having all users input at the same time. Consider running it simultaneously to a video being played for a whole class - students can ask questions or answer any that you want to pose. The same could be done, of course, in a traditional teaching model.
My Take
Today's Meet is so versatile that you are really only limited by your imagination. You can use it for discussions, questions, to allow students to answer questions. as a place to review for a test, as a scaffold for struggling learners, in conjunction with other material presented such as an in-class presentation or video... Students like it because it is a "safe" place and comfortable way to get engaged in a lesson, especially for a shy or quiet student. You can also embed it in places like your webpage, your LMS, Google Classroom, etc so that it can be a learning guide or study tool for students. As an educator, with a tool like Today's Meet, you get instant feedback and assessment of your classes in one quick shot. It takes seconds to set up and students are comfortable with the format. I have one available for use every single day in my classroom as I feel participation and engagement are a must in my classroom.