Today's Meet is a creative way to have students discuss potentially controversial topics in the classroom. Linked is a conversation with peers discussing how this could be used in the classroom.
Poll Everywhere could be used to start discussions to link past events with current events. Choose a favorite president and discuss why you like this person. What characteristics appeal to you. Looking at current candidates, for whom would you vote?
Both allow students to think about current events and formulate opinions about current topics based on historical knowledge. It encourages participation in class by allowing students to voice their opinions.