Wednesday, February 20, 2019

ClassFlow: The One Stop Shot for Engaging and Effective Direct Instruction

Regardless of how much technology exists in a classroom, sometimes there’s just no substitute for direct instruction.  That being said, technology in the hands of students and direct instruction do not have to be in conflict with one another.  In fact, using the platform explained in this blog post, you may be come to believe that every time you give a lecture, you WANT your students on their devices interacting with your instruction.  Let me explain…


ClassFlow is a lesson delivery software specifically designed for 1:1 classrooms.  This software is web-based, meaning it doesn’t need to be installed on any computer and it works with any kind of projector, monitor, or interactive display - students and teachers just log in with Google.  It includes features for engagement including draggable questions, polls, interactive whiteboards, and more.  It even will accept your SMART Notebook files and convert them into interactive lessons!  



I know the description above doesn’t sound earth shattering so please review some features and very short video examples below to see the power of this free application.


**Teachers can create (or import) presentations for lessons (view 90 second video)
Student devices will display each slide from your lesson (or, if you choose, a complementary but different slide!)

**Teachers can send the slides from the presentation to students with added interactivity such as drag and drop, highlighting, and more (view 50 second video on adding actions to objects)

**Students can interact with the slides and send their work back to the teacher for whole class review

**Teachers can poll class understanding by sending formative assessment questions of various types (view 80 second video)

**Teachers can quickly create groups and send different student work to different groups of students (view 55 second video on adding activity)

**Teachers have access to a ClassFlow library of searchable pre-created content

**Teachers can use the ClassFlow canvas like an interactive whiteboard for lessons (view 75 second video on instant whiteboards)
Begin a problem on the interactive whiteboard and then send it to your students to complete on their own devices!  Then the students can send their work back to the teacher for whole class discussion

**ClassFlow teacher app gives the option to teachers to use their mobile devices and move around the classroom while controlling the presentation with their phone as a remote

See all the ClassFlow instructional videos here.  This free resource is a surefire way to increase student engagement during direct instruction while providing multiple opportunities for teachers to assess what students know through the lecture process.  

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