One of my students’ favorite Daily 5 centers is Listen to Reading. I linked two awesome FREE sites to my classroom website—Storyline Online and Read to Me. Both sites have celebrities reading aloud children’s books. When they are finished, I always have my students complete some type of response depending on the skill/strategy we’re learning about that week.
One of their favorite ways to respond is using Today’s Meet, which is a private online chatroom. All I have to do to set it up is go to todaysmeet.com and enter a name for my room. Then I can choose how long I want the data to be saved (anywhere from two hours up to one year). Once the room is created, it generates a web address which I link to my classroom website. Then I post a question or discussion topic and all the students have to do to respond is type their first name and click join. Once they type in a response, it shows up with their name, date, and time. No email address or login info is required to set up a chatroom, which is why I love Today’s Meet.
Here is a screen shot of my students’ responses when we were practicing summarizing a few weeks ago.
How else might you use Today’s Meet in your classroom?