NGSS Practices Addressed
Paired with another assignment/article this tool can address these NGSS practices:
1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
Students can document thinking as the generate questions collaboratively in a Todaysmeet classroom while addressing a scientific phenomenon.
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
After conducting an experiment students can discuss their data and reflect on their experiment as well as share with their peers what conclusions were learned from the experiment.
6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
Assigning students articles to read and then answer questions related to the text as well as draw real world relationships. Students would post their answers in the chat box and have the opportunity to justify their responses while their peers ask questions.
7. Engaging in argument from evidence
Have students choose a position on a topic. They can work in groups or individually. students will add to the forum what their position is and why. They can include links to documents/images/videos that can support their claim. Other students can explore what is presented and pose questions to the student/group that is arguing their point.
8. Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information
The teacher can give/post a chart or text that the students will evaluate. The teacher can pose questions or perform a think aloud with the students demonstrating how they should conduct their thinking while working with the artifacts. Students can then explain and demonstrate their understanding by contributing to the chat/discussion
TodaysMeet is an online space that is similar to twitter but not as intense. The teacher creates a “room” that the student will type into their browser. Once students are in the right “room” they will be able to put their names in the nickname box and get started. Any device that is able to access the internet is able to use this site. Here is a tutorial video if you would like to see how to get started.
Easy to use format. Great way to introduce students to online forums as well as discuss appropriate discussion forum behavior. This site allows students to use their devices that they are comfortable with in the classroom and contribute to the discussion. If you have students who do not like to answer orally this gives a different method to answer. Using this site students can answer questions, participate in discussions as well as feel comfortable using a medium they are familiar with. The site also allows the teacher to print the script that was produced to document students thinking and contribution
Students will have to be redirected to behave appropriately and to make school appropriate comments. Students have the ability to choose the name that they would like to use, so the teacher will have to be sure to address that with students prior to lesson.
Product in Action
In our collaborative class, we used this tech tool to open a discussion about a reading. We had all of the students log in and greet the class. Then, we gave the reading materials and gave students time to read the article. We had the Todaysmeet classroom also projected on the board so that all students could see it on their own devices as well as in the front of the room. We asked students questions verbally as well as in the chat then provided an opportunity for students to respond in the chat. We gave verbal praise as well as praised students within the chat. Students became comfortable with answering questions online and receiving immediate feedback from their peers as well as the teachers. We had students discover if they were using their phones they could attach emojis. Other students realized that they could change their names throughout the discussion. When this happened, we reminded students the expectations in the class for how students were to behave in a forum. Overall the lesson went well and we had students who are comfortable with never speaking in class engaged and answering questions in this format.
If you are looking for a great site that allows you to host discussions in a safe way. Then Todaysmeet is the site for you. Teachers are able to create and use a space in an easy manner to enhance discussions in class as well as encourage students to participate in a new format.
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