TodaysMeet: a free text chat environment for students and teachers

 

 

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Before setting up a text chat activity with your students, you should ask yourself two questions. First, do you, or your students, feel comfortable adding one another to personal social networks? And, second, do you use the same programs or applications? For example, some students might use Yahoo messenger, while others use WhatsApp.

If the answer to either of these questions is no, TodaysMeet might be the best option for you. TodaysMeet is a backchannel chat platform for teachers and learners. It allows you to create temporary chat rooms which your students can join by clicking on a link.

How to set up activities on TodaysMeet

First, create an account. You only need to do this once. Now you can create rooms. Each pair or group must have their own room for the activity.

When you create a room, you will be asked to pick a name for it. You might like to name it after the students in the pair or the activity you are doing.

Next, select how long you would like to keep it open for. Two hours should be sufficient. Don’t forget to click on the option anyone can join found below the room name. Now you are ready to  click on open your room.

To join their room, students open an internet browser, such as Google Chrome or Safari, and type the web address http://www.todaysmeet.com/  followed by the name of the chat room you have created for them (for example, http://www.todaysmeet.com/scottsuzie). They do not need an account to join the room.

Once students have joined their room, they write their names in the nickname box. They can now begin text chatting. As the creator of the room, you can observe everything that is written, enter instructions, post links, provide feedback and answer any questions students may direct at you.

Your log-in page shows you all the rooms currently being used. By opening multiple tabs on your browser you can view all of the ongoing text chats simultaneously.  In room tools you also have the option to print off the chatscripts.

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Text Chat Activities: A Resource Book for Language Teachers

Text Chat Activities (Large)

With the rise of smartphones and tablets, WiFi and 4G, text chat has become a common form of daily communication for many around the world. By bringing it into our language classes we can provide our learners with real world practice, giving them the skills they need to communicate in today’s tech-influenced society. And the benefits don’t end there.

In this book, I discuss the advantages of using text chat with language learners and how teachers can integrate it into their courses. I have also included a range of text chat tasks for use in pairs or small groups. Adapted from traditional communicative activities, and utilising a range of technology and media, these tasks are an engaging and fun way for learners to practice their language in a text chat environment. Each task comes with clear instructions for teachers and students.

Although primarily aimed at teachers of English as a foreign language, teachers of other languages can also reap the benefits of text chat practice by adapting activities to suit their learners’ needs .

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