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Teacher Tools is available for Pre-order!

Teacher Tools is now available for pre-order!

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Teacher Tools makes managing your digital classroom even easier, and is now available for pre-order for $5 (USD) per month. Teacher Tools includes:

  • Permanent access to room transcripts
  • Keep embedded rooms forever
  • Pause conversations and restart
  • “My School” access control
  • Mute unruly students
  • Room topics or prompts

Teacher Tools will be available in a few weeks. Pre-order today and get the first month free! Your credit card won’t be charged until Teacher Tools is here.

I can’t wait to share Teacher Tools with all of you!

James Socol
Founder, TodaysMeet

Scheduled Security Maintenance – 16/Oct/2014

Update 2, 16/Oct/2014, 11:58pm: The maintenance has been completed ahead of schedule and with minimal disruption!

Update, 15/Oct/2014, 6:55pm: I just got back from an unexpected afternoon in the ER—I’m fine, just a minor lunch accident—and so am pushing this back to tomorrow night, 16/Oct/2014, at 11:45pm.

A security vulnerability named POODLE (link is to the technical security blog post describing it) was announced yesterday.

There is no evidence that this exploit has been used against TodaysMeet, where the issue is low-impact, due to the limited scope of what can be accomplished or stolen with it.

From what I’ve been able to determine, TodaysMeet users on supported browsers are at risk and so I am scheduling a maintenance period for 11:45pm to midnight, Eastern, tonight, 15 October 2014.

Follow along on status.todaysmeet.com. Updates will also be posted to Twitter, and this blog post will be updated when the maintenance work is complete.

As the necessary changes are very small, I am also taking the opportunity to perform some periodic security housekeeping procedures.

Users on supported browsers should only notice any hiccups if they are signed in, and will need to sign in again. Otherwise, there should be no noticeable interruption in service.

Users on unsupported browsers (specifically Internet Explorer 6 (IE6)) on Windows XP will no longer be able to access TodaysMeet.

As this issue is extremely widespread, and involves a fallback, 15-year-old protocol, users of IE6 on Windows XP are strongly encouraged to upgrade to IE7 or 8, which will be able to connect to TodaysMeet and other modern web servers, with better protection.

Coming Soon: TodaysMeet Teacher Tools

I’m thrilled to introduce TodaysMeet Teacher Tools, a set of additional tools that will make TodaysMeet an even more powerful platform for classroom discussion, that will be available in the next few weeks.

TodaysMeet has become a critical part of many classrooms and helped hundreds of thousands of students share their voice. Teacher Tools will improve that by helping teachers with some of the most common classroom management challenges they face.

With Teacher Tools, you’ll be able to

  • Get better access control and accountability by limiting a room to students or faculty at My School.
  • Access transcripts of your rooms permanently, even after they close.
  • Keep embedded rooms working forever.
  • Pause a room to put the conversation on hold and resume when you’re ready.
  • Keep the conversation on track by muting troublemakers.
  • Provide a topic or prompt that will stay at the top of the room.

Teacher Tools will be available for a low monthly fee this autumn, and available for pre-order in the next few weeks. You can sign up today to get updates on Teacher Tools and other exciting news from TodaysMeet.

One less step to close a room

Another small Friday Feature: closing rooms just got a little easier.

Right in the Room Tools, room organizers have a close now button:

When the room is closed from anywhere, everyone connected is alerted right away:

Sign up tonight, and take control of your rooms! Happy Friday!

Embed TodaysMeet rooms into your class websites and LMSes!

TodaysMeet rooms can be embedded into your class websites and LMSes!

To make backchannel discussions on TodaysMeet fit as easily as possible into your classroom as possible, you can now embed the room directly into most LMSes, like Blackboard, Moodle, Schoology, and more, and websites.

You can choose to embed the transcript of the room that is read-only and has the oldest comments first—great for reading a discussion after the fact—or embed a live room, and allow students to participate directly from your class site!

Grab the embed code from the Room Tools menu:

There’s even a WordPress plugin available, to make embedding a room in any WordPress-powered blog a snap!

Embedded rooms don’t lose their permissions: if a room requires users to sign in to join, it still does when it’s embedded. You can sign in directly from the embedded room if you already have a TodaysMeet account.

There’s lots more helpful documentation, including steps to embed a room into many LMSes. Get started today!

Better Room Tools

TodaysMeet keeps getting better, and to make it easier to access the new features, there’s a brand new Room Tools menu!

At the bottom of the room, you’ll find the Room Tools menu, giving you quick access to the Projector view, QR codes, short links, transcripts, speaker colors, and more!

This new menu is easier to close, too: the menu button, the X in the corner, or pressing the Escape key will do it.

And this picture isn’t final. The new Room Tools menu is designed to have more room to grow as TodaysMeet gets more new features. Sign up today and take control of your rooms!

A busy July at TodaysMeet!

Whoa! It’s been a big month here. No summer vacations here at TodaysMeet or for the thousands of teachers who have already signed up to take control of their rooms!

What’s new so far? You can create an account to manage all your rooms, close them early, generate QR codes, add some accountability, and—at long last—moderate the comments! And check out the new transcripts; they are much more printer-friendly.

Somewhat behind the scenes, there have been changes to make conversations really real-time (no more waiting for comments!) and support the big, long-lived rooms that have always been kind of slow.

And there’s more to come! Look for even more new, exciting features to help teachers better manage and integrate their classrooms throughout the rest of the summer and autumn.

On a personal note, it has been amazing to see so many teachers so excited about the changes so far. I am thrilled that I get to work on a product that means so much to so many people.

QR Codes for Rooms

Here’s a small change to make teachers’ lives just a little easier. On your TodaysMeet home page, you’ll now find a link to a QR code for each of your rooms.

The QR code is available in 3 sizes, two suitable for downloading and including in your own presentations or hand outs, and a large one you can show directly on a projector.

For now, you’ll need to sign up to grab these QR codes, but you can share the link with anyone!

Moderate your rooms!

I’m so excited to announce (finally! at long last!) that TodaysMeet users can now moderate the content of their own rooms!

See an inappropriate message in one of your rooms? Just put your mouse over it—or tap it on a phone or tablet—and click “delete”…

…and the message disappears. It will vanish from everyone’s screen, if they are in the normal or projector view, so you don’t have to worry about students continuing to see the content.

Sign up and take control of your rooms with this and other powerful tools!

Scheduled Maintenance – Tuesday, July 22, 2014

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen complications, this maintenance window has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 22, from 8pm to 10:30pm Eastern.

There will be a brief (30-90 minute) scheduled maintenance window on Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 8pm. During this time TodaysMeet will be unavailable.

I will be performing necessary maintenance and system upgrades. I apologize for any inconvenience.

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