How I Use It
I have used this tool in a reading support environment. Students had access to use individual iPads throughout the lesson. I uploaded a word-building flipchart already created in ActivInspire, to the Classflow website. In a regular classroom setting, only one student at a time would be able to interact with this flipchart, and build words on the interactive Promethean board. However, through the use of Classflow, each student was able to manipulate word parts and build specific words on their own iPads.
This application really works when students need to have a hands-on learning opportunity. Not only can students manipulate specific objects via Classflow, they can also participate in quizzes and polls that serve as a quick formative assessment.
What doesn't work is the functionality of all ActivInspire flipchart objects/actions. Because Classflow is relatively new, it does not offer many options of what type of activities teachers can upload/students can complete. However, for the purpose of a small group intervention/support learning environment, Classflow is a great resource to utilize.
Overall, this is a nice instructional tool to have when working with small groups of students. I like how students have the ability to manipulate objects, answer formative assessments, and see the learning content that the teacher wants to deliver.
I like how students can send their work back to the teacher. This is great because the teacher has the ability to review all of the work that students complete on their own computer/device.
This serves students better than a traditional lesson, because each student has the ability to participate in a learning activity at their own pace. There are definitely improvements that need to be made to Classflow. However, if you are a teacher that already has flipcharts created on ActivInspire, this is a resource worth checking out.