Where we’re going with chat

I just can't resist!

When I came across this article at Tech Crunch about the 6 Biggest New Ideas in chat, I was giving it a cursory glance. That was until I came to a cute little “widget” like I've included in this post. The Meebo Me widget allows you to embed the widget on your site so people can send private chats with you!

You can then sign into your website and your visitors can chat directly WITH YOU!

Now, for those of you looking for something with students – this actually is a good tool – the chat is only between YOU and them. You don't have editing, previewing, or moderation.

But this is great for two things:

1) If you need an easy way to add chat capabilities to your site and chat with your users, this is a neat thing to try.

2) You could also attach it to your Skypecast (embed it in the talk page or your blog post about it) and have a chat for the skypecast in an easy way. (I haven't been able to figure out how to make it a group chat like techcrunch did but it should work.)

3) Wiki facilitation – I'm going to try embedding it in a wiki and it could enable a sidebar communications to facilitate the wiki. I'm fascinated with that opportunity. (I haven't tested but will this weekend!)

So, go for it, meebo me! Lots of potential, I'll post how to's when I get it all figured out!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Diane P December 1, 2006 - 11:14 pm

We are getting ready to start our class WIKI about Egypt. My students are ready to be guinea pigs as we learn together.We are all a little nervous about how we are going to do this, but forward we go.

I just listened to WOW2.0. I loved the comment of “there is more than one way to skin a cat.” I am always using that expression when I am doing technology with my students. Middle school students go “o-o-o” but they love it.

Have you had your students put Powerpoints on your WIKI? My students think that that might be cool.

Vicki A. Davis December 2, 2006 - 1:31 pm

Yes, you can do this with slideshare – we haven’t done it yet, but we want to! Let me know how it goes. Just think, how would it be to do a wiki with kids in Egypt!?

DanitaRussell December 3, 2006 - 11:52 pm


Thanks for the inspirational comments on my blog. I’ve only been attempting this since the middle of November, so everything is still very new to me.

Love the Meebo idea. I had a bit of trouble on my site though. I never could get it to say I was online. I might have to play a bit more. Which is not a problem since I enjoy all the new web2.0 “toys”.

I was in the group with David Warlick when we Skyped you from the NCETC conference. I’ve used Skype to call my parents who live out of state. Great resource!

Thanks for the ideas ~ Danita

Vicki A. Davis December 4, 2006 - 12:35 am

Hello, Diane –

Glad you can use my southern sayings in a class and that someone else sees the validity in the comment. Middle schoolers love to be grossed out, don’t they?

Hey, Danita –
You actually have to go to meebo.com and sign in for it to say you’re online. Let me know if you need me to test it with you! Good luck!

Jeff VanDrimmelen December 4, 2006 - 12:58 pm

Thanks for the tip Vicki. I have seen these things starting to pop up on webpages and I just haven’t gotten around to figuring out how they are doing that. Great find!!

Mike Dionne December 5, 2006 - 1:55 pm

It was very nice to meet you. We look forward to speaking with you on our podcast. I will wait until our show to ask questions. I am sure we will have a ton.

I had a chance recently at a NY State conference to discuss School 2.0 with Will Richardson moderating. It was really cool. You have definitely peeked my interest. As with Podcasting I find that in the journey for knowledge you will always meet great people along the route. Here’s to more great conversations.

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