TodaysMeet https://todaysmeet.com/ is a simple, clean chat tool. Teachers can create a space for students to share and contribute. There are no adds and no sign up needed. Students do have to enter a name to join a room, making them accountable for their comments.
Students could post questions or observations during a video clip, reading, or class discussion. Check out this example from my own classroom - http://www.trailsoptional.com/2010/01/backchanneling-with-grade-5/
1) Give your room a name – keep it simple it is the web address, or URL, you are going to send your students to.
2) Choose a length of time, the room disappears after this, but you can save a transcript of the conversation.
3) Choose Create Your Room
Give students the address your created and they have to enter a name to join the room. Insist they use their real name so they are accountable for their comments.
After students join they can post comments, read others and respond.The save transcript button is at the bottom. (circled in red below)
The tool is simple, but the possible uses are endless!