Common Sense Review
Updated September 2014


Robust lesson-creation, presentation tool offers built-in assessment
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Common Sense Rating 4
  • Teachers can deliver content to multiple devices, often at the same time.
  • An extensive community support page helps teachers navigate the program.
  • Multiple features work together to support students' learning.
  • Teachers can easily integrate a variety resources into lessons.
An efficient way to deliver interactive lessons across multiple devices, assess student learning, and individualize learning.
Teachers will need substantial time and support before they'll become comfortable using the tools to design and deliver lessons.
Bottom Line
This powerful tool supports connected and blended learning from instruction to assessment, though it's best used to enhance already great instruction.
Jennifer Sitkin
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Kids get interactive content delivered directly to their devices during classwide presentations. Real-time polls and assessments boost interest, though buy-in will depend on a lesson's content and a teacher's instruction.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Interactive lessons, real-time feedback, and content delivery tools help teachers re-teach and differentiate. Better in-line guidance could help teachers use the platform to support kids' 21st-century learning and higher-order thinking.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

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 community page and YouTube channel offer extensive support.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Spend time exploring ClassFlow, experimenting with the different features as you 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 features as you grow more comfortable with the program's interface and all of its features.

In general, your students will need consistent device access, and you'll need a presentation device, in order to maximize ClassFlow’s many features. However, be creative as you 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.

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What's It Like?

ClassFlow is an all-in-one platform that teachers can use to create and deliver interactive, content-rich lessons across a variety of platforms. Part presentation tool and part student-response system, it allows teachers to deliver content directly to their students in a variety of settings: blended, 1-to-1, flipped class, or during more traditional whole-class instruction. Because it's cloud-based, teachers and students can use ClassFlow on just about any Web-enabled device.

After signing up, teachers can get started building lessons, creating assessments, and managing their classes. Lessons consist of a set of cards, in some ways similar to a PowerPoint deck -- these can be created from scratch or from files that teachers may already have on hand. Content can be pulled in from variety of sources including the Web, Google Drive, and Dropbox. There are also community lessons 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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Is It Good For Learning?

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. Teachers can deliver their own content as well as that from third parties, which builds the tool's potential to foster powerful digital learning. For those working in well-connected classrooms, ClassFlow is bound to be a valuable tool for lesson creation and delivery.

Beyond the ability to build and deliver lessons, as well as assess learning, ClassFlow's greatest benefit is the ability to adjust instruction on the fly with the program's multiple tools. 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 despite the program's capabilities, students' ability to tap into higher-order thinking will depend greatly on teachers' using the platform to create these types of learning experiences. 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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