GoClass is an iPad/iPhone application which allows instructors to create lesson materials for use with class set of iPads/iPhones. It allows for classroom instruction and formative assessments. Teachers can create content using the iPad/iPhone or via web access from a desktop computer.
Current (September 2012) beta version is free.
Type of Material:
Delivery of specific classes on the i-series device.
iTunes account for download, iPad/iPhone for use of application, any computer with Internet access to create class rosters and lesson materials.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
This app allows an instructor to create a class that is delivered by the phone or tablet device. Specific learning goals are not applicable to the app itself.
Target Student Population:
•Any grade or content (P-16)
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic computer skills
Evaluation and Observation
This application on its own does not have strengths, nor does it have weaknesses. The strengths and weaknesses will be determined by the instructor's materials that are placed within the structure of the application.
•Would be great if it could be used on other devices as well
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
•Easy to add media elements to enhance learning; assessment tools make it great to assess student grasp of content during class.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
•Easy to create lessons and assessment; easy to merge student rosters; provides examples of use and assessment tools; students easily will be able to use interact with app
•Other than creating content on other devices it only works interactively on iPad/iPhone
Other Issues and Comments:
•Allows for student interaction with instructional material; material can be set up to allow for student to work at own pace; provides feedback to teacher.
Comments from Author:
BYOD concepts, interoperability, and multi-platform support are at the core of the GoClass product concept. The GoClass team is currently testing an Android student client in classrooms with the Tennessee Board of Regents. The Android App is currently scheduled for general availability in March 2013. As the product emerges from beta we expect to support a more diverse portfolio of devices and operating systems.
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