Differentiating Instruction & Feedback through Classkick

Classkick allows students to receive work, complete, and turn in assignments completely online. Using the free app, students work at their own pace and get help instantly without interrupting the flow or having students wait for the teacher to assist them. Students access the Classkick assignments through a simple code. One elementary teacher who uses Classkick often recommends having a new code for each week, with the week’s Classkick assignments either pre-loaded or added to each day.

When creating assignments, you can select the format that would be the most useful – multiple choice, short answer, or open response. You can assign a single response to students, or create multiple “pages” (i.e. questions/tasks). There are many different templates provided, making the integration of this tool quite simple. Classkick can be linked to families, so that parents can review student work online. Students can respond with a drawing, by creating a text box, uploading an image or audio, or inserting a link – allowing them to demonstrate their learning in multiple and meaningful ways.

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Why Do Teachers Like Classkick?

There is a blog post that comes from TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) highlighting Classkick. TCEA is a global, nonprofit, member-based organization that provides professional development events, advocacy, and a blog on various topics of instructional technology.

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In this blog post, two teachers describe why they used Classkick and how it was useful to them. As one teacher stated, “I was able to watch them in real time as they worked through each question. If a student had a question, they would simply ‘raise their hand’ with a click of a button and not feel any embarrassment or self-consciousness.” When raising a hand, students can either ask the teacher for help, or request for the teacher to review the work. Another teacher highlighted in this blog post likes Classkick because assignments and tests are easily imported, and he is able to comment and give feedback right to their screen. Students can earn badges as they complete assignments, which may be a motivator for your learners. While it is certainly useful to use when you have a classroom of 1:1 devices, Classkick can also be used in centers with small groups of students.

Read the full TCEA blog post here.

A Final Note…

Other ways that Classkick might assist your students is through using the scribe features to work out math problems digitally. Embedding questions and giving feedback on the spot is another simple way to differentiate learning for students. See this page for more information on how Classkick can be effectively utilized with small groups. Highlighted is the ability for a teacher to be working with groups of students, and yet still monitor progress of students working independently from a single teacher iPad.

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