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Day 19 #30DC14: Presenting Instructional Content with ClassFlow

Promethean’s ClassFlow (#30DC14) is a powerful and free tool for the classroom which allows a teacher to create interactive, multimedia lessons which can be distributed to your students. Using ClassFlow, the teacher designs content at https://classflow.comand students access ClassFlow on a student device at http://classflow.com/student or via the ClassFlow App to interact with the teacher content. With ClassFlow, a teacher can send out their screen (called a Card) to each student, poll students using a variety of assessment tools, and see student responses to polls in real time.

With the help of the community of users, hundreds of lessons are available and ready to use. In addition to these features, ClassFlow has the ability to administer assessments to your classes. Because ClassFlow is an online tool, you have the resources of the web quickly at your fingertips. Within your Resources, you can search the web or your cloud based storage for images, videos, documents, and websites which can be added to your flipchart or sent out to students at the push of a button.

How to Get Started

classflow getting started

Create a blank flipchart in a matter of seconds

quick whiteboard

Create, find and organize lessons

classflow lessons tab

 

Create class assessments (requires creating classes to administer)

assessments tab classflow

 

Find and use resources from the web

resources tab classflow

Play a lesson for your class

classflow lesson

Suggested Uses

  • Share any content on your teacher screen or whiteboard with your students
  • Send out a quick informal poll to your student devices to check for understanding
  • Use the creative poll feature to allow students to send an image back to you – they can annotate and send an image back to you
  • Get pre-made lesson ideas from the Community and use them as is or edit them and make them your own
  • Administer assessments to your students

Why It Matters (Teaching Rubric)

When designing instruction it is important to provide Multiple Assessments Aligned to Goals and Learning Outcomes to measure progress toward learning objectives. With ClassFlow a teacher is given the ability to provide both formative and summative assessments while delivering content (essential competency 1.3).   ClassFlow also provides a means for Presenting Instructional Content in a variety of engaging ways (essential competency 2.2).

Your Challenge

Consider the features offered by ClassFlow and share how you might use a tool such as this to present content to your students. How could you use the assessment features? What could you do with the large community of lessons that are already made for you? How could this change the way you are using an interactive whiteboard in your classroom?

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Gayle Kiesel December 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Reading about ClassFlow, it seemed as though it could be a useful way to work through some tutorials and lessons with students. Once I logged in I realized it is going to take some time to understand how some of the pieces fit together and how the web resources are selected. It has potential but it isn’t as intuitive for me to use as some others in the challenge.

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Jeff Thornton December 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

ClassFlow is great for sharing content to student devices. It does have a lot of features but sharing is the basis. With that in mind, what could you do with a tool that would allow you to simultaneously share to student devices? You could share images, assessments, flipchart pages, etc.

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Chad Fetscher December 2, 2014 at 9:14 am

When I read the overview of Classflow I thought ok, another Promethean Planet website. But once I signed in and watched the video I saw it offered much more. The thing that I most liked about Classflow is the ability to use “Cards” and share out the activity, image, video, etc. with the students directly to their device. This option was similar to another site we examined in the 30 Day Challenge. One concern I have and I won’t know if it is still a concern until I get to work on building “cards” is the amount of work that goes into their creation versus the amount of benefit out from the students. I have made a few flip charts and they are time consuming and the stock ones are geared mostly towards elementary grades. The feature on Classflow of sharing “cards” may offer more choices for secondary content. Looking forward to testing it out and seeing if it is a fit for my classroom.

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Jeff Thornton December 2, 2014 at 9:35 am

Thanks for the comment. You are correct that a lot of the pre-made lessons now are more elementary in nature but I don’t think that this tool is geared to a certain age group. I think there is a learning curve for using student cards but after getting more fluent with the tool, I don’t think it takes much longer than preparing other forms of communication/presentations with students. Love to see your ideas out in the community when you get some made!

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Heather Coy November 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

ClassFlow will take some time to thoroughly understand its components and application to my classes. Searching the community of lessons, I saw a lot of math, science, and elementary topics, similar to what I’ve found on Promethean Planet. I would most likely use ClassFlow for language study lessons. A lesson I previewed on analyzing speeches contained content that I could just as easily post on my Weebly site.

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Stacie Inman November 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Thank you for sharing this tool. I love Jo’s idea to create a thematic unit for social studies.

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Jeff Thornton December 1, 2014 at 8:11 am

Agreed but what are some ideas you could imagine for this in a classroom?

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Stacie Inman December 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

I love the idea of having students be able to see what you see on the board. Yet another reason I wish we were 1:1. I also love that it seems geared more toward the elementary age, and you can find communities and ready made lessons.

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S Wright November 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

This tool seems very similar to LessonPaths (MentorMob) that we looked at last year. My students enjoyed that, but it didn’t work as well on the iPads as I had hoped. I enjoy the ease of creating/curating materials to be used on my student iPads with these types of tools. The assessment features looks like it will be useful, but I’ll have to investigate a bit further. I feel like I use and enjoy MBC so much, that it will be difficult to change my mindset to this completely. I’m not sure I can make this one work as smoothly as MBC, but I’m willing to give it a shot. I do like that this will ease transition time and that students have more ownership in their work.

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Jeff Thornton November 25, 2014 at 3:17 pm

With the ClassFlow app, your students will have an experience with ClassFlow that was designed for use with the iPad. It will work in the Safari browser though if students happen to not have the app on a day when you want to use it but not all of the features will work as well. I don’t know that I would use this as a replacement for MBC but another tool in the toolbox for presenting content to students in class.

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Keshia Seitz November 20, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I attended a session at ISTE 2014 on Classflow. My early-adopters LOVE it! My secondary teachers typically stick with tools like Nearpod, but my Elementary teachers have really started implementing it with fidelity in their classrooms. The students are engaged and they love it! For a PD session on this tool, I will use the tool to deliver the content and show teachers the features of the app….modeling, modeling, modeling.

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Shane Brogan November 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm

After the presentation to the class, ClassFlow can used to measure data on exit tickets. This will provide needed information on whether or not the student got it from that lesson and where you need begin with the students the next day. As we move to a 1:1 classroom next year, I can use this not only for the pre-made lessons but also for exit tickets.

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sfeller2013 November 17, 2014 at 9:41 am

I think that this is another really awesome tool! Being able to show it on the Promeathean board and then projecting it to the ipads is definitely a plus for the students learning. The children seem to get so much more out of a lesson when it is on the ipad, than just being taught the old fashion way. This is another tool that I will send to the rest of the teachers at our school to use. I have set up an account and it seems so easy to use!

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Patricia Claybaugh November 17, 2014 at 9:27 am

I really like ClassFlow. It is very easy to use and I like that it works seamlessly with Promethean Planet. We just recently got an iPad lab at my school. It would be fun to reserve the iPad lab one day and use ClassFlow with my students. I especially liked the assessments feature since assessing is such an essential concept. Also, it is nice that every student does not need an account to use ClassFlow.

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Leah Simon November 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I saw a session at eLearning on ClassFlow and thought it was another place that students and I could communicate but I am in the mindsight that they need to learn one well enough to be the go to source. I think MBC is my preference still. A lot of people in my school use Weebly accounts but I like the idea behind MBC and Blackboard being a bit similar since so many colleges use something similar to Blackboard if not it.

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Jeff Thornton November 17, 2014 at 9:14 am

Thank you for your comments. As far as ClassFlow goes, I suppose you could try to use it at learning management system like MBC or Blackboard but it really is not intended to be that. It is a completely different tool and this tool is more for how you present content to students. ClassFlow is more of a classroom response system with a lot of extra features. I can see both a learning management system and classroom response system being used by students but in completely different ways.

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Melissa Mayer November 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

I will for sure share this with our 5th and 6th grade as they are 1 to 1. Thanks again to Kelly for bringing up the fact I can share my instructions with the students in the lab. I currently have them gather on the front carpet, go over instructions, and then head to their stations. By using Classflow I won’t lose instruction time with transitions and I will have less questions about what they have to do. I like the assessment option to push out and get individual feedback from the students. It is a great option to have the students have their device out and have everyone engaged and on the same page. Often students will have the accommodation that they have to be seated close to the instruction. Classflow allows everyone to be close to the instruction. I especially like that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel by just searching and using the lessons that have already been created.

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Peter Barringer November 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

I really like the idea of allowing students to annotate images. I could send my yearbook students screenshots of other students’ spreads and have them edit or make comments. They could also use the annotation features to make notes about the design of the spread. It looks like the site has some great skill-based lessons I could integrate into my English Basic Skills classes. It’d be nice to get the students more involved by showing their real-time poll results on the whiteboard while we’re doing the lesson.

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Kelly Bratcher November 14, 2014 at 8:54 am

I like the idea of having your content right on the students device. I know that if I don’t regularly involve my students in the lessons, they will zone out. It is nice that you can periodically check for understanding with their assessment feature. I teach in a computer lab and we use a tool called Lanschool. This allows me to display my notes and materials on the students screens. I have a lot fewer questions when I use this tool because the students can see my notes better. It also has polling options, but I have not used them. However, for classes that are not in a lab setting, I can see Classflow being a nice alternative. I think Nearpod is similar, but it does not have the assessment options, I don’t think.

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Jo Burns November 14, 2014 at 7:26 am

This looks like a really awesome tool. I am pursuing the use of it to create a thematic social studies unit for my third graders. I am excited to have this tool become availabe. I did not know it existed. Thank you for sharing something that appears to be quite useful and easy to create with!

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JD Weagley November 14, 2014 at 7:17 am

I like the idea of ClassFlow and other similar web based solutions for sharing content with students. The biggest issue for me and not using it is that our students do not have devices. As we move to a 1:1 environment, using ClassFlow, Google Classroom, My Big Campus, etc will be great. It will allow for greater input, and hopefully engagement, from students (granted, it has to be done correctly). Now, I can use ClassFlow to show a lesson to the class and project it onto my Smart Board.

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aknueven (@MrCoachK15) November 14, 2014 at 7:14 am

Creating an account and searching within the pre-made community lessons, and then trying to connect as a student on my phone, I am hitting a snag that the app needed is only available using an iPad. That works that I have one but not all students are able to do this in the classes I’m in and have. They could use the web access which might be a better approach with this program. I like how you can push questions out to the students they respond and then their screen goes back to the slideshow of world pictures. I’d have to explore this a little more as I can see there is a way to make some slides as student cards that I would imagine would show up on their screen too. One thing I really liked was in the math lesson I was testing ClassFlow with, I was able to push the card that I worked a problem on the screen with to the students’ screens!

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Jeff Thornton November 14, 2014 at 8:13 am

You are correct that phones are not supported. On the support page they mention that it is only available for larger tablet and laptop devices. There is a phone app for teachers which allows you to control the pages like a remote. The student app is available on Android and iOS as well as within the browser on almost any tablet and laptop. The student cards are pretty amazing too. I wish there was more space to cover it all in the post. Have fun experimenting!

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