I used a website called Todaysmeet.com. I can easily be distracted by a lot of bells and whistles. Today's Meet is straight forward and easy to use. You create a room and you tell kids from their device to go the room you created. For example if I name it wildcrazyroom, the students would type in the following for their address, todaysmeet.com/wildcrazyroom.
I even had the guts to attempt this for the first time as part of my yearly formal observation from my principal. I figured, he could give me some great feedback of what worked and what didn't.
Here is what I enjoyed about it (remembered, this all was happening in the background on the computer, not verbally)
1) Every student had a chance to respond to questions
2) Students congratulated the kid who I specifically pointed as having a great answer.
3) Students seemed more comfortable to ask questions, even to type in when they didn't understand a concept.
4) By asking all students to answer all questions, they were ENGAGED throughout the lesson.
5) It provided an awesome exit slip. In this lesson, I asked the same question in the beginning and end of class, I saved the transcript and could review how the students answers improved the second time.
6) Did I say all the students were engaged in a lecture? They were engaged because
Backchanneling moves students from passive listeners to active participants.
Backchanneling-Today's Meet-Great Experience!