For my flex day I attended EdCamp KC at Truman High School in Independence, MO. During my time at EdCamp, I was able to attend many helpful and wonderful sessions dealing with classroom technology. The session that was the greatest help to me in my classroom was in relation to The Classkick app for the iPad. I first heard about Classkick through my principal. When I saw there was a session about it, I was excited to learn more. I had been trying to use Google Classroom, however I was not gaining the success I was needing. So using Classkick seemed like a good idea to try. The idea is simple but the payoff has been huge. Classkick is a platform that lets you see what students are thinking and writing, in real time! It was so simple to implement, I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before. Each day I create assignments for my students in Classkick. My students are registered and they enter a code to join each day to access the assignments. What is great about seeing their work in real time, is that I can assess if they getting a concept before they are totally done with an assignment. I can intervene and help them if they are not grasping a concept correctly. I also have all their work at my fingertips, by being able to go back to any day to access their work. This has been such an effective tool, I am ecstatic about how it has helped both my students and I effectively work together in my classroom. Below are some screen shots of actual student work from my Classkick app.
This is an example of morning work completed on Classkick by one my students.
This example of my students responding to reading in Classkick by answering a question put forth.
This application has made such a difference on how I deliver and assess instruction. I truly feel that I am using the technology in a useful and productive manner.
Aaron Gaddis | Lewis Elementary | 4th Grade Teacher
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