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Now that we've looked at how to create a todaysmeet chat session, let's go ahead and talk about how we can use this inside of the education environment. Let's start by focusing on how students can benefit from a todaysmeet chat session. I love to have students do real time movie discussions in class. Often, watching a movie is a very passive activity for students. They're simply sitting and just taking in information. When you add something like a todaysmeet chat session, it becomes an active engagement experience where students are challenging the ideas in the movie as well as the ideas of their peers. Classroom debates are another great way to increase rigor in the classroom.
Here, students can go in and type up their responses. I've also seen today's meet used as a 'fishbowl'. What that means is that a small group of students are having a debate in the middle of the room and the rest of the students are on the outside of the room, silently talking about the debate through todaysmeet. Todaysmeet can also create class wide collaboration groups centred around homework. When you create a homework assignment, you can create a chat session that goes with that homework assignment. Students then, if they have questions on the homework, they can post that question to the entire class and other students in the class then have the opportunity to help their peers out by responding to their comments.
Class votes can also be streamlined by creating a simple todaysmeet chatroom, having people sign in with an alias and cast their vote for whatever object that you're voting on. And then finally, group collaboration can be very powerful for todaysmeet. Sometimes students have a hard time meeting face-to-face, with school activities such as sports. Having a group collaboration that's online, allows students to give their input and ideas as well as being caught up with what a group's doing even if they're not present in a group meeting. In addition to student uses, there's also a lot of educator uses for todaysmeet. Educators have tight schedules and sometimes planning periods don't always align for us to work on those group projects.
Well, with the simple todaysmeet chatroom, we have the ability to go in and give input to projects without having to be present at the same time or even the same place as the rest of the educators that we're collaborating with. I've also seen todaysmeet used for collaborative planning between teachers. Teachers can create a chatroom around a particular lesson and then give ideas to that lesson throughout the week. One of my favourite uses for todaysmeet, is for people to ask questions during a meeting. So often, questions can take a meeting that was supposed to be 20 minutes and turn it into an hour. When you create a todaysmeet chat session and you allow people to ask questions directly inside of the chat, often people in the audience can respond to their questions for them.
Or at the end of the meeting you can quickly scan through and find themes and trend inside of todaysmeet session and answer the questions all at once. In addition to that, if there're questions that you can't answer or that aren't for the entire group, you have the ability to take the todaysmeet transcript, type up responses to the questions after the meeting and get that question answered. I've seen teachers and pairs pros as well as other schools professionals use todaysmeet as kind of a daily chat room in which they can converse about students. This is a great way to create a place where teacher can kind of give a heads up to other teachers about student's performance as well as behavior throughout the day.
If you have a student that's having a rough day and needs some additional encouragement, you can just simply add it to your teacher chatroom and all of their teachers will automatically know that this student needs some extra encouragement this particular day. This is also a great way, if you want to send a student to another room or you're sending the student to the office. You can send a quick heads-up to the rest of the teachers that student's going to be out of your room. And this last one is kind of a blend between both the educator use and the student use. I find that it can be a challenge to give students good feedback during a group presentation. One of the reasons is that I might have some notes that are for individual students as well as notes for the good of the group.
What I've started doing is for each group that presents in my classroom, I create a todaysmeet chat session. While they're presenting, I simply sit on my computer and I type out comments that are for the entire group. In addition to that, I can have my individual grading sheets for individual students. But this way, at the end of the presentation, students can log on and view their entire group responses. I hope todaysmeet can be a great tool that you use in your classroom to help both you and your students have conversations in a way that might be a little bit different than your typical day.
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