This app has a variety of uses that all have the potential to increase student learning and can be used to kick off the start of school, communicate with parents to keep them connected to the classroom all year, collect and share student activities and assessments along the school year, and even end the year with the announcement of a potential classroom party.
The communication tools are as simple as email. So after adding parent's email to the app, the teacher can send whole class or individual announcements.
The activity and assessment tools are simple for both the teacher and the student. Once the teacher adds the students' names to the class they create in the app (a copy and paste from the roster works fine) they set up an activity including options such as photo, text, video, or drawing with a couple of clicks.
Students submit the activity by following brief instructions that often are as simple as a + icon. Now their activity is ready for assessment by the teacher who has a completion meter where they can determine which students have submitted and who is yet to be assessed. They have the following options for providing feedback individual but also for the class, all of which are editable and can be set to provide points that students can accumulate to possibly earn rewards:
- Helping others
- On task
- Working hard