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Bottom Line

In the hands of a determined teacher, this platform's useful suite of tools can support learning experiences that move from instruction to assessment and back.

How Can I Teach with This Tool?

At first, teachers may want to select a lesson or activity from the Marketplace to get a feel for what’s possible. There’s a ton of content there that’s free for the taking. Once you have a lesson or two under your belt, you’ll have a better idea of which types of cards and features you like and that work for your purposes. Then, dive in and build your own lessons. The range of instructional options should meet most needs, as there are features for whiteboard instruction, polling, and assessment. Get a sense of where your students are by introducing a concept with a quick short-answer or multiple-choice question, or a word cloud.

What Is It?

ClassFlow is a free lesson delivery platform. With ClassFlow, teachers can create content-rich lessons that feature a mixture of interactive whiteboard presentation and device-based quizzing, polling, and responses. They can then deliver these lessons via an interactive whiteboard or directly to whatever web-enabled devices students might be using. The platform works in a variety of scenarios: remote, blended, 1-to-1, flipped classroom, or in-person.

Is It Good for Learning?

ClassFlow’s tools offer students ways to communicate and/or cement understanding and then transfer knowledge, but it’s up to teachers to guide them there. Teachers will need to balance manageable chunks of info with engaging interactive activities. ClassFlow can support this, and can help teachers inform or adjust instruction on the fly, but it’ll come down to individual teachers’ creativity. However, the tools are there to, for instance, check understanding using a quick poll, then use the results to reteach a concept for the whole class and/or create and deliver differentiated follow-up lessons. This process of instruction, feedback, and adjustment can go a long way toward helping students understand what’s being taught at the moment. Bear in mind, however, that this push toward a learning process focused on higher-order thinking isn’t necessarily baked in or scaffolded for teachers.