How I Use It
I've used ClassFlow a few times with elementary students, each time with students using the iPad app and me controlling the lesson from my web browser (computer). Learning the software is not as intuitive as I expected. I've tried uploading an existing ActivInspire flipchart and creating a ClassFlow from scratch and encountered difficulties both ways. Many ActivInspire features like containers do not translate to ClassFlow. Constructing a ClassFlow presentation is time consuming (though so is constructing a good ActivInspire presentation). The 1st and 3rd graders I tested ClassFlow with liked being able to interact with the presentation on their iPads. During the lesson, students were asked to fill in blanks and sort items. I really liked being able to collect slide data from each student so I could assess their understanding individually. We encountered some technical glitches when switching between activities and the wait screen is very distracting for many students. I would like to use ClassFlow more often, but set-up is time consuming and frequent technical glitches mean I also have to prepare a back-up plan.
ClassFlow is a free product created by Promethean that combines several products in one including interactive flipcharts and a student response system. Since our school uses Promethean products (ClassFlow also works with SMART files) and is 1:1 with student devices, it seemed like a no-brainer to try this product. ClassFlow worked best when I used it with small groups. It's a great tool for individualizing instruction and collecting data. Unfortunately, it is not the easiest tool to use. However, their customer service is excellent - they always respond to questions quickly and are interested in user feedback to improve the platform. If you are tech savvy and teach in a 1:1 environment, I recommend giving ClassFlow a try now. If not, wait for a later improved version. I'm a little surprised ClassFlow is recommended for grades 6-12. I think it is ideal for all ages, possibly more so for elementary students. I currently use NearPod with high school students and because of the technical problems with ClassFlow, I will continue to prefer NearPod for the near future.