I use many of the technology applications found in the Tech Tips for Teachers blog. We have access to ten classroom ipads in addition to individual student smart phones and tablets, so I don’t hesitate to use text apps such as Socrative, Poll Everywhere (see previous post), and TodaysMeet to get student input up front where we can work with their ideas. I like TodaysMeet because it is so easy to set up and it accepts long strings of text.
To review homework, I ask each pair to write an answer to one of the exercise questions. That puts all exercise answers up front so we can discuss misunderstandings or elements of each exercise one question at a time.
TodaysMeet can be used to gather and share student ideas when brainstorming. The transcript of the meeting room can be captured and shared. I’m sure there are many creative ways this tool can be used for writing. I’d love to hear what other teachers can think up.