TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime.
Encourage the room to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs.
Imagine you're giving a presentation where you can read the mind of every person in the room. You'd have an amazing ability to adjust to your audience's needs and emotions. That's the backchannel.
Using Twitter at social media conferences has become a great way to do just that. But Twitter isn't appropriate for every situation.
- Your audience isn't on Twitter.
- You don't want the discussion to be public.
- You need to see only relevent updates.
That's where TodaysMeet comes in. TodaysMeet gives you an isolated room where you can see only what you need to see, and your audience doesn't need to learn any new tools like hash tags to keep everything together.
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There is beauty in simplicity. When I find a simple tool that does one thing I need, and does it well, I hold on to it. One of those tools it Today’s Meet. Think of it as your own personal twitter backchannel for your conference session or meeting. It gives everyone in the room a voice to pose a question, post a thought, or share a link. When the meeting is over an archive of the backchannel can be saved and added to session notes or meeting minutes. It takes a minute to…
Great tool for setting up a back channel
I love this tool and so do my students. As a World Language teacher, it may seem obvious that a text-based tool would be useful. The best thing, howvever, is the level of engagement by my students. They love seeing their comments up on the screen in class in the target language. I can save a transcript of our conversation to post on Edmodo for later reference, and to award participation credits – ie, badges in Edmodo. A super tool!
I use TodaysMeet in all my workshops for teachers about the use of social media in the classroom. Of course you can gather questions and remarks, but a great feature is the quick distribution of clickable links. So if someone says something like ‘I know this website where you can…’ I tell him/her to immediately share the link on TodaysMeet. Furthermore I answer questions for which there is no time in the session in TodaysMeet and share my presentation afterwards with a link. It feels like a save environment, apart from more public channels like Twitter and Facebook.
As an Instructional Technology trainer for my district, I have used Todays Meet as an avenue for participants to ask questions, make suggestions or post comments during training sessions. It is an unobtrusive way for participants to be heard and a wonderful way for specific questions regarding the topic to be addressed or ear-marked for later discussion.
I've used this with middle school students during a presentation on CyberLiving. They used it to answer questions and also for backchannel discussion at directed moments. It worked well for the young students and I think this is a good tool to teach the protocol of backchannel, engage the student, and enable them to get more exposure to and practice with technology tools.
Todays Meet is a great online place to get collaboration going. Teachers can set a space up as a back channelling tool in class a place to ask questions or as a discussion space when student groups are outside the classroom in real time. No login required, just set up a room and off you go!