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In this new series, author and educator Aaron Quigley shows you how to stay up to date with the latest educational technology and classroom management techniques. Each week, he'll introduce you to a new tip you can use to be more efficient, and increase student achievement. Aaron covers concepts like the flipped classroom, Common Core Standards, and the role of social media in education. The series also covers a variety of productivity apps, learning management systems, and other technologies, using a project-based approach that simulates the real K–12 or university classroom environment. Check back often for new tutorials, every Monday with Teacher Tips.
- Hi there, I'm Aaron Quigley and welcome to the Teacher Tips weekly series. If you're just joining us, each week I review a new classroom technology so that you can make informed decisions about tools that will best help your students achieve great things both in and out of the classroom. This week we're going to explore a new web application called ClassFlow. Now ClassFlow is created by Promethean and there are some similarities to ActiveInspire, but you don't need a smart board to use ClassFlow, in fact ClassFlow is free to use and will allow you to create interactive lessons that can be delivered to students on a computer or an Internet ready mobile device, such as an iPad.
Now there is a ton of features to ClassFlow and we could spend hours training on this program, but today I wanna leave you with just the basics to get started creating a presentation. Let's go ahead and dive right in. So here in Chrome, I've logged into ClassFlow using my Google Apps for Education account. You can also create a ClassFlow account, but if you have a Google account this can save you some time just so can follow along, I've also opened up a second browser and navigated to classflow.com/learner so this way we can see what our students see as we create and move through our presentations. The reason I'm using the second browser is because the session cookies that ClassFlow uses will create some issues if I tried to use the student page and presenter page in the same browser.
We're gonna get started by clicking on Classes and set up a new class. If this is the fist time you've come to this tab, it's gonna automatically prompt you to create your new class, let's go and give our class a name of 7th Grade Life Science. I'm gonna select a subject and a grade level and the reason I'm doing these, and they are not required by the way, is so that if I create lessons and then share those lessons on ClassFlow other educators can search for Science and 7th Grade and find my lesson and use it with their students. I'm also going to set the start and end dates for this course, I'll just go and have the course start today and I'm going to set the end date to be the last day of June.
We'll hit the green check button to save our class. Now that we have a class created, every time we come to the Class tab, we're going to see a list of our classes on the left-hand side and information about that class on the right-hand side. A few things I'd like to point out, there is a Class Code that was created for us, this code is what students will need in order to join this class. Now one thing we've not done is we haven't actually added new students to this particular group. You don't have to add students to your classes, students that have the Class Code can always go to classflow.com/learner put their own name in and the Class Code in and you'll build your roster that way.
However if you'd like to build your students in ahead of time you can simply click on the roster button and read the class. I'm just gonna add two students here and we'll just call them Student One and Student Two. And we're adding a few students so that we can also understand how the student presentation mode works later on. So now we've got our students created, I can actually view and edit any student inside my roster view or click to go back to my classes to view my regular Class session. Now this week, we're not going to have the opportunity to dive into Student Groupings, but one thing to keep in mind is that ClassFlow allows for easy differentiation of teaching, for example if you create a presentation, you can send slides or the information inside your presentation just to certain student groups.
In the next movie we'll take a look at how to build our lesson including how to create slides that will send just to students.
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