Review by Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Education | Updated March 2017
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Easy-to-use, real-time monitoring of student work for 1-to-1

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  • Communication & Collaboration
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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.

Common Sense Reviewer
Patricia Monticello Kievlan Foundation/nonprofit member

Teacher Reviews

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Featured review by
Cathy H. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Moorlands Elementary School
Kenmore, WA
Classkick "kick started" my students journey into differentiated lessons, personalized learning, paperless assessment and gives students quicker feedback. Students are engaged. It has transformed the way I teach and how my students learn.
Classkick is a creative tool and teachers/students are only limited by the extent of their creativity and passion. I have longed to differentiate instruction in practical, efficient ways for over a decade and now I have the tools to do so and BONUS I am saving time! Classkick has been a transformative tool for my teaching practice. I like the simple, dependable interface and the quick turnaround time the team at Classkick provides and the more I use it the more applications I come up with. I like that I no longer have to make paper copies, keep rack of them, distribute work back to students - it has made my kindergarten class almost paperless. My students and I enjoy the ability for quick turnaround and response - they actually look forward to seeing how I have graded their work (I annotate or add digital stickers)/ I love that when I am doing progress reports I simply take a look at their work in Classkick from my teacher dashboard or look at key assignments that I captured (screen capture) and placed in their Seesaw Learning Journal. Currently Classkick only works on the iPad but later this month (May 2016) they are launching a web based version - this will allow more to use it, i.e. to complete, review, check on assignments they have done or started in class and make this product even stronger. The recommendations I have would be: 1. Include audio tool for student to record when working in an assignment. 2. Allow for folders to sort assignments for both teacher and student 3. Be able to tag work for quick reference 4. An undo feature 5. Line tools and easier way to copy and paste when creating worksheets within Classkick. This is a solid, dependable, easy to use (both teacher, student, family) tool that I think is a MUST HAVE for all digital classrooms. Read full review