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Creating online interactive discussions

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Creating online interactive discussions

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Teacher Tips. This week, we're going to explore the online communication tool that can help you create rich and rigorous conversations in your classroom. It's TodaysMeet, and it's a free website that allows you to create Twitter like chat sessions instantly. The chat sessions you create can only be accessed by the people you give the chat room address to. And users can quickly join and share conversation. I often use TodaysMeet in class while students are watching a film, and encourage students to dialog online about what they're observing during the class session.

TodaysMeet is also great during a professional development, where participants can pose questions and share ideas without interrupting the speaker. We will dive deeper into the various ways to utilize TodaysMeet but, for now, let's go ahead and walk through how to create a chat session. Here in my web browser, I've already navigated to TodaysMeet.com. From the simple interface, our first step is to so ahead create a chat room. We do this by giving our room a name. I'm going to go and create a room called teachertip. Now, the room name is very important. You'll notice directly below where you typed your room name, there's a web address.

This web address, which is odaysmeet.com/ your room name is the web address that your users will type into a web browser when they're ready to join your chatroom. The next step is to also choose how long the chat room will be available. By default the standard is one week. What that means is from this moment that I create the room, it'll be available online for people to access, read the dialogue, and even add additional comments to for one week. After the week is over, that chat room will be closed and all the data will be erased. Because this chat room is just a sample, I don't need it to be available for the entire week.

I'm going to go and select one hour. A few things to keep in mind. If you're using a chat room for the single class You probably only need the chat room for a few hours. If you're using it with multiple classes or over multiple days, then you may want to choose a longer duration. Let's go and click, Create your Room. With those simple steps, we've gone ahead and created our TodaysMeet chat room. The screen I'm currently seeing is the same screen that all users will see when they first enter your chat room. The first step is to go ahead and type your name so people know exactly who's saying which comments inside the chat room.

I'll go and click the join button. And now I have the ability to send a message. These messages are just like a twitter message, where you're limited to 140 characters. I'm just going to go ahead and put a welcome message out there. And then click Say. You can see on the left hand side, I now have a running dialogue of the chat that's going on inside of my TodaysMeet chat room. I can see a time stamp, as well as the person that said each particular comment, as well as the comment itself. As more people keep adding information to this particular chat room, we can see that various messages just keep populating. People can read and respond to messages as they wish.

Once your chat session is finalized, you can view every comment and question by clicking on the transcript button at the bottom of the screen. Now, from this screen using your browser's print button or selecting save as, you can save a copy of your chat session and upload it to your class website or learning management system.

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Lesson planner at learner.org
      2m 37s
  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Is this course right for me?
      51s
  3. 12m 43s
    1. What is the flipped classroom?
      4m 16s
    2. Building a flipped lesson plan
      4m 22s
    3. Finding resources
      4m 5s
  4. 12m 33s
    1. Using Evernote to organize your classroom
      7m 49s
    2. Using Skitch to create dynamic presentations
      4m 44s
  5. 16m 29s
    1. What is Common Core?
      4m 52s
    2. ELA/Literacy
      6m 41s
    3. Mathematics
      4m 56s
  6. 10m 2s
    1. Using the iPad as a teacher
      6m 18s
    2. Using the iPad with your students
      3m 44s
  7. 20m 47s
    1. Getting started with Edmodo
      8m 5s
    2. Managing your classes
      8m 48s
    3. Communication
      3m 54s
  8. 6m 27s
    1. Prezi: Teaching best practices
      6m 27s
  9. 12m 50s
    1. Blogging fundamentals
      12m 50s
  10. 14m 40s
    1. Getting started with Schoology
      6m 46s
    2. Integrating Google Apps
      7m 54s
  11. 11m 59s
    1. Understanding online file syncing
      7m 47s
    2. Dropdox options and workflow
      4m 12s
  12. 17m 46s
    1. Managing student behaviors with ClassDojo
      11m 44s
    2. Control classroom management with an iPad
      6m 2s
  13. 22m 21s
    1. Creating a student-friendly worksheet
      11m 0s
    2. Modifying assignments quickly
      11m 21s
  14. 8m 51s
    1. Podcasting in the classroom
      8m 51s
  15. 11m 5s
    1. Hour of Code
      2m 18s
    2. Kodu
      2m 1s
    3. Writing your first program
      6m 46s
  16. 18m 8s
    1. Create a quick class website
      8m 20s
    2. Upload assignments
      9m 48s
  17. 6m 39s
    1. Creating screen capture video
      6m 39s
  18. 10m 14s
    1. Mind mapping for students
      10m 14s
  19. 6m 35s
    1. Creating online interactive discussions
      2m 53s
    2. Exploring educational uses of todaysmeet.com
      3m 42s
  20. 4m 19s
    1. Exploring the Adobe Education Exchange
      4m 19s
  21. 10m 55s
    1. Online learning with bContext
      1m 7s
    2. Creating digital videos
      9m 48s
  22. 5m 53s
    1. Free website platforms
      2m 3s
    2. Selecting a website platform
      3m 50s
  23. 10m 52s
    1. Students on the Internet
      3m 55s
    2. Teaching proper Internet use
      6m 57s
  24. 10m 42s
    1. Learning through interactions
      4m 6s
    2. Creating social learning experiences
      6m 36s
  25. 15m 7s
    1. Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo
      7m 7s
    2. Sharing a list of websites
      3m 57s
    3. Creating a resource collection for students
      4m 3s
  26. 10m 57s
    1. Lesson planning with Common Curriculum
      4m 47s
    2. Managing your instructional schedule
      6m 10s
  27. 10m 11s
    1. Piktochart in education
      3m 20s
    2. Creating infographics
      6m 51s
  28. 9m 24s
    1. Exploring the role of a learning management system
      3m 56s
    2. Three free learning management systems
      5m 28s
  29. 8m 57s
    1. Understanding crowdfunding
      3m 27s
    2. Explore education crowdfunding tools
      5m 30s
  30. 6m 48s
    1. Creating drag-and-drop lessons
      4m 50s
    2. Using pre-created resources
      1m 58s
  31. 7m 22s
    1. Exploring VoiceThread
      3m 46s
    2. Creating and sharing a VoiceThread
      3m 36s
  32. 6m 44s
    1. Lesson planning with BetterLesson.com
      4m 1s
    2. Accessing common core lesson plans
      2m 43s
  33. 6m 45s
    1. Exploring the free resources
      2m 59s
    2. Exploring the teacher portal
      3m 46s
  34. 7m 1s
    1. How does donorschoose.org work?
      2m 42s
    2. Creating compelling projects
      4m 19s
  35. 8m 31s
    1. Adding your classroom as a project
      3m 0s
    2. Building awareness through social media
      5m 31s
  36. 7m 41s
    1. Find high quality lessons for your classroom
      5m 27s
    2. Assess the quality of lesson materials
      2m 14s
  37. 11m 58s
    1. Selling lessons plans on TeachersPayTeachers.com
      1m 39s
    2. Uploading lesson plans for sale
      10m 19s
  38. 6m 40s
    1. Lesson planning on an iPad
      3m 53s
    2. Creating recorded lessons on an iPad
      2m 47s
  39. 4m 41s
    1. Maximizing class downtime with DuoLingo
      3m 13s
    2. Creating self-motivated learners using DuoLingo
      1m 28s
  40. 6m 13s
    1. Adding the Office Mix PowerPoint plugin
      2m 58s
    2. Creating videos from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 15s
  41. 7m 39s
    1. Creating stories with Adobe Voice
      7m 39s

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