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!