Technology Tuesday!

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I love alliteration (that might be the first clue I have been teaching first grade for several years!) So “Technology Tuesdays” and “Techy Teacher Tuesdays” are right up my alley!  can’t help but to look forward to them.  This week I wanted to write about a tool that we have found very useful (and easy to use!) in first grade.  TodaysMeet is a website that allows students to connect with others in a safe space.  Lately I have been using TodaysMeet to check for understanding of students on various concepts.  I have used TodaysMeet after read alouds, to create math discussions, to brainstorm PBIS rewards, to respond to listening centers and so much more-the opportunities to use this website are endless!

Follow the step below when you go to www.todaysmeet.com  to get started: 


That’s it!  Ask a question to students or simply let students start discussing.  Here are some screenshots I took of my kiddos conversations after watching a BrainPop video on Doubles.  

To start students off I gave them a question and gave them the starter “I learned…”

As students finished the video they just started typing….


Most of my students were able to name a doubles fact.  Although there were a couple that were a little bit off. 🙂  

Reasons I love TodaysMeet: 1. It is a safe way for my students to discuss ideas and learn from one another. 2. Accountability.  Students are required to type a name to join.  There are times where I want to know who is saying what so that I can better gauge their understanding for  specific topic.  However, there are also times where I tell students they can use their S Number (a special number given to each student through our school) so students can remain anonymous to classmates.   3.  This is a quick activity and very user friendly even for six year-olds!  

For more ideas on how to incorporate TodaysMeet into the upper grades head over to our friend and coworker’s blog at iteach1:1!  Kristin is an amazing teacher and friend! She has taught me so much in the classroom and the blogging world!  I am so grateful for her!


Don’t forget to check out Technology Tailgate and Queen of the First Grade Jungle for more awesome technology ideas!

             
   
Happy Tuesday!
Amanda
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  1. My co-blogger has already commented on this, but I wanted to as well. I love Today's Meet and have participated in it during several trainings. I have yet to venture out and try it on my own though. Thanks for the reminder of it. I want to use it at one of my staff trainings. 🙂
    Antoinette

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