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GoClass

Deliver interactive lessons right to kids' mobile devices and tablets

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Grades

6–12

Subjects & Skills

Character & SEL, Communication & Collaboration, Critical Thinking

Great for

Assessment, Classroom Management, Instructional Design

Price: Free, Paid
Platforms: Web

Pros: Brings learning content and assessment directly to students' mobile devices.

Cons: The fixed lesson structure could be too restrictive for some teachers or courses.

Bottom Line: Support learning in and out of the classroom with this multi-faceted content-delivery tool.

To maximize GoClass's potential, students will need to have mobile devices or tablets both in and outside of the classroom. In a traditional class, teachers can guide students through content and check for understanding throughout the lesson. In a flipped or blended classroom, teachers can create self-paced lessons or send out a schedule of assignments to prepare for in-class activities.

Have students review lessons and notes on topics that were emphasized during class; this can help them deepen their understanding and retain the material. Also, make use of the ability to time assessments, as well as track student participation throughout lessons. Both of these features can help boost student accountability.

GoClass is a learning platform that allows teachers to create lessons and deliver them directly to students' mobile devices -- both iOS and Android apps are available. With a free account, teachers can create courses and develop lessons, share content, and assess student learning in real time. Lessons follow a specific structure: show (media and videos), explain (notes and examples), and ask (polls and assessments). Teachers can add individual students or upload an entire class with a .csv file. Students receive an email about how to get started with GoClass.

To conduct a session, both teachers and students will need devices -- an optional projection screen can allow whole-class viewing. Teachers can then share content to student devices while simultaneously projecting the same or different content to the class. Teachers can scribble on an image or add an explanation to emphasize a concept. They can also time lectures and assessments and see which students are engaged with the presentation at a given time. Expanded features in the paid account include scheduling for flipped-class instruction, student note-taking and annotation, and space for additional student accounts and lesson plans.

Schools and students with the right device access can benefit from GoClass's interactive and real-time features. Teachers will need to put in some time to learn the program and develop lessons that fit the platform's framework. Features like immediate feedback on polls and assessments are useful in helping teachers modify curriculum and identify opportunities for reteaching. The ability to share content directly with student devices and project something different for the whole class is a unique feature. For example, as the class views an image, individual students can answer questions on their devices.

Some features are available only if students have access to a device outside the classroom, or if teachers have a paid, GoClass+ account. With this, teachers get the ability to schedule assignments -- this can help students come to class prepared for discussions and activities. In contrast to Nearpod, a similar tool, GoClass doesn't provide pre-made lessons; however, teachers can share lessons with one another through the platform.

Learning Rating

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Engagement

GoClass brings the curriculum to students, encourages student participation, and allows for self-pacing. Interactive features and real-time assessments help increase student buy-in.

Pedagogy

Supports a number of teaching styles including blended learning, direct instruction, and flipped classrooms. Interactive features and immediate feedback on assessments allow for reteaching opportunities. 

Support

Setup is quick and easy to navigate, with clear directions. An online support center allows users to ask a question or browse by topic.

Common Sense reviewer

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GoClass could be beneficial for PE growth

This product seems to be a very useful technology tool to reach my students and families. The only thing that I am still working on is figuring out how to send the assignments to appear when my students access them. This is taking a bit more time than I thought, however, once I figure it out, I believe it will be a breeze.

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