How I Use It
My class is a hands on classroom with 26+ students. Some kids are working on independent assignments and others are working on building activities. I was really tired of using multiple tools and having kids remember multiple logins to access the EdTech tools that make my class functional. I used this tool to create a variety of independent lessons. In my robotics class, I use Scoutlier set as a collaboration tool. The kids login to the assignment. Watch and instructional video linked there and then use the app to share photos of their code and a video of their robots completing a challenge. Other students are working on independent learning and research activities. The students log into a different assignments, they share pictures, links to information they found online, answer question prompts, and can respond through text, audio recordings, or video. All of my assignments live on an active web link. I can post that into my LMS or post it into my class website where kids can get to their work easily.
Occasionally the app takes a little longer to load than the kids expect, but they are all able to complete the lessons independently. It works on the laptops and classroom ipads and kids can also use in on their own cellphones. During virtual learning from Covid-19. my students did almost all their work from Scoutlier lessons. They needed very little help in using the app and it was super easy for me to plan all of my lessons. It was able to do everything I needed it to and made our lives less stressful.
I used to use FlipGrid and Google Forms for collaboration and assessment, but my new school is not a Google School and Flip Grid is not an approved app, so I had to find new apps. I tried Scoutlier in hopes I could use just one app to meet my classroom needs. I like that my students do not need to sign up at all, so there is no way for the application to misuse their data. I really liked how I could lesson plan in the app and host videos and instructional material in one place. All kids needed was an Assignment Code to access the work. As a teacher I can look at students individual work, or I can look at the class as a whole data set. I does much more than I hoped it would and works easier than I expected.