It is a sad day when you read that TodaysMeet is shutting down. For those of you that are fans of having a backchannel for communication - during presentations or classroom discussions, losing TodaysMeet is big news. However as with any edtech tool - you lose one but learn of another....there may be a good option for teachers/ presenters wanting the ability to maintain that same TodaysMeet 'feel' by using what is appropriately named, Backchannel Chat. I am not a huge fan of the 'look' of the landing page, but the functionality seems on par and simple to use. Now of course for more features (that most teachers would love) you can pay a meer $15 for the year! Seems like a steel to me! I love the fact that you can easily see who is the moderator and participant, as well as get a transcript of the chat. They have even added in features for students to upload files to the teacher ( a paid feature). The company seems to be working to get requests and suggestions built in. So for the fall of 2018 - I say put it in your edtech bag - it will be a keeper!
I work with teachers and students as a Digital Media Specialist for the Pearland ISD Curriculum Department. My goal is to share innovative and useful information for other educators, as well as catalog my personal finds along the way!