Review by Jennifer Sitkin, Common Sense Education | Updated January 2017

ClassFlow

Robust lesson-creation, presentation tool offers built-in assessment

Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
4-12
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Pros: An efficient way to deliver interactive lessons across multiple devices.

Cons: It's a tool that takes time to feel confident using, but can be worth it in the end.

Bottom Line: This powerful tool supports connected and blended learning from instruction to assessment, though it's best used to enhance already great instruction.

You're gonna need to spend time exploring ClassFlow, and experimenting with the different features to figure out what works best with your teaching style. Start by building a basic lesson and delivering it to your class; from there, try building in some of the additional assessment features as you grow more comfortable with everything on offer.

In general, your students will need consistent device access, and you'll need a presentation device (ideally an interactive whiteboard) in order to maximize ClassFlow’s many features. However, make sure to take advantage of the platform's response tools and embedded assignments. Offer your students opportunities to respond in collaborative groups and take part in activities that help them create their own understanding of concepts. ClassFlow's tools offer all kinds of opportunities for students to transfer what they've learned into a more personal context, but it's up to teachers to guide them there. Use the assessments as a vehicle for students' self-reflection on their own learning processes.

Beyond is instructional uses, teachers can use ClassFlow as a communication tool with students and with parents. A newly released app called ClassFlow Moment allows teachers to quickly share announcements, assignments, and awards. For students, teachers can use the home page to post announcements, reminders, and start a chat with the whole class or individual students. 

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ClassFlow is an all-in-one platform that teachers can use to create and deliver interactive, content-rich lessons using a mixture of interactive whiteboard presentation and mobile-based quizzing, polling, and response. ClassFlow integrates with the major interactive whiteboard providers, and content can be delivered to just about any web-enabled student device, facilitating leaning in a variety of scenarios: blended, 1-to-1, flipped class, or during more traditional whole-class instruction. 

After signing up, teachers can get started building lessons, creating assessments, and managing their classes. Lessons are constructed with a series of cards similar to PowerPoint and can be designed to be teacher-directed or individual student work. Learning activities include flash cards, sequencing, matching, crosswords, and word searches. Content can be pulled in from variety of sources including the web, Google Drive, and Dropbox. There are also community lessons available (free and paid) in the Marketplace that can be used as is, or adapted and personalized. Students experience lessons as an in-class presentation, on their own devices, or as a combination of the two. Because polls and assessments can be embedded into the lessons, they can offer immediate feedback. There are a variety of assessment options such as multiple choice, true/false, short text, and creative response. The site also collects and stores this assessment data for teachers' use. 

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The combination of a robust presentation platform with a strong student-response system makes ClassFlow a powerful tool; teachers can manage and streamline a huge part of students' learning experience, and get daily use out of the tool. Beyond the ability to build and deliver lessons (both original or using third party material), as well as assess learning, ClassFlow's greatest benefit is the ability to adjust instruction on the fly. For example, a teacher might stop mid-lesson to check students' understanding with a quick poll, then use the results to re-teach a concept for the whole class or distribute differentiated follow-up assignments to individual students or groups -- all on the spot. Bear in mind, however, that ultimately students' ability to tap into higher-order thinking will depend greatly on teachers' using the platform to create these types of learning experiences. ClassFlow isn't reinventing instruction here, just refining instructional flow in the digital classroom. ClassFlow's collaborative community can hopefully serve as a place where teachers can share ideas, resources, and best practices for engaging students in learning 21st-century skills.

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Overall Rating

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

Students get interactive content delivered directly to their devices during classwide presentations. Real-time polls and assessments grab students, though buy-in will depend on the lesson.

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

Interactive lessons, real-time feedback, and content delivery tools help teachers re-teach and differentiate. Improved communication systems with home page and Moments app support learning. 

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

Because the platform encompasses so many facets of both in- and out-of-class instruction and assessment, learning every feature can take quite a lot of time. An active FAQ community page and how-to videos offer extensive support.


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Wiley B. , Technology coordinator
Technology coordinator
East Baton Rouge Parish School System
Baton Rouge, LA
CLASSFLOW IS THE WAY TO GO!!! LOVE IT!!

I think this is a PHENOMENAL TOOL that can be used in most any classroom to provide instruction and assess learning. I LOVE that ClassFlow is device agnostic and can be used with various grade levels! There's almost no end to the ways ClassFlow can be implemented in classrooms.

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