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How-to video: Get your students backchanneling with Todays Meet

Brief synopsis: Todays Meet is a microblogging backchannel that empowers computer classroom teachers to generate a discussion, without the interference of raised hands or student disruption.

Benefits: Todays Meet is similar to Twitter or Edmodo, as it gets students chatting, using a 140-character limit and an easy-to-use interface. Todays Meet is a backchannel, which helps teachers conduct online discussions, while channeling the results onto one web page or an Interactive White Board. Students can get to Todays Meet with the click of a mouse, if the teacher provides a link on a classroom blog or classroom web site. Once there, students login to Todays Meet simply by typing their name and clicking Join. No accounts or passwords are needed for teachers or students to use Todays Meet. Ease of use is one of Todays Meet's best features. When students and teachers want to speak, they type in a short sentence or two and click Say. Students or teachers using Twitter can join a Todays Meet conversation, as long as they have the twitter hashtag the teacher has set up.

Drawbacks: Since Todays Meet is a backchannel and backchannels are a form of social media, school district servers may block Todays Meet. All students need a computer or mobile device to use Todays Meet.

Conclusion: The how-to video above demonstrates the backchannel Todays Meet and how to use Todays Meet in the K-12 classroom.