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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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