Review by Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Education | Updated March 2017
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Classkick

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Easy-to-use, real-time monitoring of student work for 1-to-1

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Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration

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Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
K-12
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Pros: Flexible features give teachers and students tons of options for interaction and support.

Cons: The app works best with very steady Wi-Fi access; some teachers might dislike the limited options for uploading files.

Bottom Line: Paperless workflow management is a crowded category, but Classkick's real-time monitoring and ease of use make it a neat tool for 1-to-1 iPad classrooms.

Create assignments to flip your classroom: Use the "question sheets" in an assignment like the slides in a whiteboard app to include images, text, and audio to deliver your lesson. Have kids write, draw, upload photos, or record audio to respond to your lesson. Use the assignment to outline a step-by-step in-class activity, like a lab or a multi-station activity in your classroom or your school.

Encourage kids to "raise their hands" to let you know when they need help. Consider projecting your teacher dashboard on-screen from your own iPad and have kids work solo but also offer each other help; for example, tell kids who've finished their own work to turn to classmates with digitally raised hands and try to help. Use an assignment as an in-class race: Break kids into teams and monitor their progress live on-screen as they work through the assignment slide by slide.

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Classkick is an app (also available on Chromebooks, desktops, and laptops) for sharing assignments with students, monitoring their progress, and offering feedback. When teachers first launch the app or log into the developer's website, they have the option to log in on an iPad to see a student's experience or they can watch an intro video that offers tips and tricks for creating assignments and using the app. There's also a pre-loaded sample assignment and class roster for experimentation. From the main teacher dashboard, teachers can create and manage class rosters (click the plus sign to reveal a code kids can use to join the class), create assignments, and view their students' work.

To create an assignment, teachers tap "Add Assignment" to add a new item they'll share with their students. Each assignment consists of a series of "questions," which appear on the dashboard like individual slides. Teachers can add images from the device's camera roll, key in text, draw, paste in a Web link, or record audio on each slide. Once they share the assignment with students (by selecting the appropriate rosters), students can add their own images, text, drawings, links, audio, and video. They can also digitally raise their hand to indicate that they need help. The teacher can see these gestures and monitor kids' actions in the assignments in real time from the teacher dashboard. Teachers can subsequently add feedback: They can write directly on the assignment, type, add content (like links, audio, or video), place a sticker, or award points. Additionally, students can offer each other feedback if teachers enable the "Allow Peer Helpers" feature on their own dashboard.

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Classkick has a neat format and lots of little details that make it especially user-friendly. For example, you can color-code your rosters and each assignment displays a series of colored dots beneath its name so you get an at-a-glance overview of which classes have which assignments. Some teachers might balk at the limited assignment creation features: You can't actually build your assignment in the app, but you can upload and crop pre-made assignments via your device's camera roll or use an assignment created by another teacher you know or from the free Assignment Library. However, once you get used to this -- and use your iPad take a few strategic screenshots of the content you want to share -- you'll find that it's pretty easy to get used to. It's also nice that students and teachers have exactly the same capabilities for writing and importing images and recording audio; this could make for some cool collaboration opportunities, and it offers a nice way for teachers to differentiate instruction and allow students to respond in a variety of ways.

There are lots of apps out there that help teachers go paperless like this; Classkick's biggest strength is its super-simple, well-designed interface and its real-time progress monitoring. It doesn't offer instant feedback, which is okay: Instead, it offers instant help, making this a tool that truly empowers the teacher instead of promising to replace or automate her. While this would be a great tool for solo homework, that hand-raising feature makes this app an especially good fit for the classroom; for example, teachers can use the dashboard to keep track of how kids are doing on an in-class activity in real time and respond accordingly. Whether kids are working solo or in groups, this is a great way for kids to be able to get their teacher's attention and get more support when they need it most.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Simple design and straightforward features make it easy for teachers to share assignments and for students to share their responses.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Real-time monitoring and useful feedback tools help teachers support kids how and when they need it most.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Excellent built-in tutorials and sample info make it easy for teachers to explore and get started.


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Patricia Monticello Kievlan Foundation/nonprofit member

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ClassKick makes giving real-time feedback to your students easy!

ClassKick quickly became one of the most used apps in my math classroom. Using it everyday could become boring for students, but using it once or twice a week for individual practice seemed to be just the right amount. I liked how easy it was to add content to the slides and that students are able to get to the assignment quickly with an access code. I did have some trouble with the roster in that unlocking the roster allows for students to type in their name with a variation. For example "Annie" and "annie" could both be on the roster for the same student. Locking the roster helps with this, but students must login the same way each time.

Being able to write with the drawing tool or use the virtual stickers made giving feedback pretty quick. Keeping up with all the students, especially in a larger class can present a challenge. If many students were virtually raising their hand, it was sometimes difficult to get to everyone. Within the app, you can enable students to give feedback to each other, but this requires some guidance from the teacher to the students on how this should be used. If you allow students to help each other, students are able to write on each other slides and could become a distraction if not addressed before enabling this feature.

I liked that all assignments are saved in the teacher dashboard which is easy to navigate. Reliable wireless is a must for this app. While I used ClassKick in a math classroom, I could see it being used across content areas.

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