Review by Stephanie Trautman, Common Sense Education | Updated February 2017
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Recap: Video Response and Reflection for Education

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Video-reflection app puts new spin on formative assessment

Subjects & skills
  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking

  • English Language Arts
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Pros: Create personalized, reflective videos to showcase progress.

Cons: Videos are only to be shared with the teacher, but it would be a neat option to be able to share with peers.

Bottom Line: By facilitating regular video self-reflection through Recap, teachers can support more authentic learning and self-assessment among their students.

One way to use Recap is to assess individual students' work. Students can easily respond to things as simple as an exit ticket or respond to a much deeper prompt from teachers, perhaps reflecting on their progress at the end of a unit. The unique thing about Recap is that this feedback is easily shareable with the students' parents, bridging the gap between the classroom and home. Teachers can have students share something as simple as what they learned that day or something more complex like a recording of themselves teaching another student a concept.

Recap can also be used to facilitate group work. Have the groups do a daily check-in to see how group work is going, what successes students are most happy with, and what struggles they may have. At the end of the group work, students can individually review themselves and group members based on their participation in the project. Videos are always kept confidential between the student and teacher, so this allows for a trusted place to voice concerns, share accomplishments, or ask tough questions.

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Recap is a video response and reflection app that allows students to record short videos (or typed text) in response to teacher prompts. Recap is designed for formative assessment, but it feels very informal and conversational -- which is an asset. Video reflections offer teachers a new way to check for understanding, personalizing questions for students and assessing their reflections, and give students a perhaps more engaging mode for demonstrating learning. Once in the dashboard, teachers can add an assignment, ask one or more questions, and choose to have answers either typed or recorded. From there, teachers can choose how much time a student will have to respond, which students will receive the assignment, and set the due date. Students then explain their thinking on video using a recording device and microphone. After recording, they can review their response before submitting it, and then they can upload it to the cloud so teachers can review responses on the teacher dashboard. Recap creates a daily review reel that can be shared with students, parents, and other teachers, which generates personalized insights and fosters new learning connections.

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Recap offers a unique way to engage students in reflection and self-assessment and facilitates more authentic learning. Teachers can use Recap to shift the focus from typical fill-in-the-blank or multiple-choice quizzes to self-assessment through expression, focusing on building communication skills while also being highly accessible to students of a variety of ability levels. It's a much-needed evolution of quiz-based formative assessment tools that feels current given the rise of casual video chat, particularly among young people. During the time of this review, however, peer-to-peer communication, one of Recap's most compelling advertised features, was either unavailable or simply very difficult to find.

Of course, it must be said that while Recap presents the opportunity for deepening communication in the classroom, students must first be engaged with their learning goals to make the video reflections fruitful. The success of Recap ultimately boils down to how much effort students put into the recordings and responses, which may depend on how the teacher prompts and assesses the responses. With appropriate instructional scaffolding, however, Recap offers a quick, simple, and potentially everyday tool that can capture evidence of student thinking and help individualize learning.

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Overall Rating

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

Video reflection is a natural fit for kids, and students will want to share their experiences with teachers. The appealing design and easy-to-use navigation make this a great tool.

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

This empowering tool will help students of all abilities share their learning approaches and successes, but it would be nice if they could share videos with peers.

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

Great support for students with technology issues, great FAQ section for teachers, and vibrant social media outlets.

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Stephanie Trautman Classroom teacher

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Darcy E. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Kaffie Middle School
Corpus Christi, TX
Great tool for flipped classroom and video response

It is awesome. I teacher 6th grade so a lot of students do not have a phone yet. But by Christmas they almost ALL have a phone -- and it works great. You still have issues with those households without digital devices.

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