Never judge a book by its cover. Because, if you did, TodaysMeet would seem like a boring, unimpressive tool from at least a decade ago.
But, “open the book” and you’ll realize that TodaysMeet is a super useful tool in the classroom. It is very simple to use and, in less than 5 minutes you can have a chat-room like discussion setup for your class. It may be a “bare bones” site with 0 flashiness, but it makes up for that in function.
Ideas for use:
- Backchannel chat during a movie, speaker or other situation where you want actively engaged quiet students. This Edutopia article by Beth Hollanddefines a backchannel chat is a “a digital conversation that runs concurrently with a face-to-face activity
- Digital Office Hours – a teacher that I work with uses TodaysMeet in the evening before big projects are due to give students a chance to ask for help.
- Quick Questions – there are tons of great tools for asking students for their opinions to questions in class, but TodaysMeet is nice because it’s so quick, easy and simple. When you have more than 1 question, you can either setup separate rooms or just ask the questions in succession.
- Got some others? I’d love to hear about them.
How to use todaysMeet:
First a GIF, followed by the step-by-step instructions:
- Go to todaysmeet.com
- Create an account.
- Under Open a new room pick a name for your room. This does become part of the URL, so it’s nice to pick something easy for your students to type (though there’s a shortened URL too).
- Decide how long to keep the room open for. (If there’s not the right time option for you, note that you can close the room manually)
- Decide if you want “anyone” access or “logged in” access. I stick with anyone, but if you use TodaysMeet regularly, there may be benefits of the logged in option.
- Decide if you’d like to require a password for entry to your room. If you’re worried about safety or about having kids only enter the room after completing a previous activity, this may be beneficial.
- Open your room.
- Give students either the URL from your address bar (todaysmeet.com/yourroomname) or the shortened URL that you can see by clicking on Room Tools.
- Click on Projector View if you’d like to have a better view of the chat to project on your screen.
- Save your transcript at the end, if needed.
Note that you can also embed the TodaysMeet chat onto a different site! Pick “Live Stream” if you want the page’s visitors to participate in the chat and/or see it live.