Today’s Meet is a free site that allows users to create a temporary chat room and invite others to join. Why would you want to create a chat room, you ask? Well, imagine you are presenting to a group of 15 eager teachers who want to learn everything they can about Google Docs. You have just one hour to present as this is a free seminar designed to give just a brief overview of what can be accomplished with Google Docs. You are covering material and demonstrating the possibilities as quickly as you can, but the teachers have so many questions! You are glad to answer each one, but are secretly thinking to yourself I am never going to get through all of this!
Is there a solution? You bet! You could have created a temporary chat room at Today’s Meet and invited the group members to join the room. Then, as you are presenting, they could be conversing with one another, sharing their thoughts, asking questions, and perhaps even giving one another answers. This doesn’t mean that you won’t stop during your presentation to answer questions at all, but as you let the members know ahead of time you will be printing out a transcript of the Today’s Meet session and getting back to them with answers, they feel free just to type their questions while paying close attention to what you have to say!
Today’s Meet is also valuable during your presentation. Simply project the chat page on the screen, pause every so often to read and answer a few questions, and then continue on. With Today’s Meet, your presentation goes off without a hitch and your problem is solved!