100% participation - always an instructional goal of mine - happened today thanks to TodaysMeet.com. TodaysMeet allows anyone to set up a temporary chat room (free!) where participants can share their ideas and questions with each other. Quick and easy to set up, and just as quick and easy to join in, a presenter or facilitator could decide to use this website without any advance preparation.
Today I used the site to have participants use their personal devices to share examples of a concept that we were exploring. Some quickly entered their examples. This allowed others to see ideas that sparked their thinking. Because everyone knew that their work would be visible, they were motivated to create innovative and valuable ideas. As a group, we went through the examples and discussed which worked and which needed tweaking, making sure that everyone's voice was heard.
A variety of features are available, including the ability to print a transcript of the conversation.
For more ideas on how to integrate technology into your professional learning activities, check out my new book, Caffeinated Learning, also available on Amazon and in iBooks.
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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