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Promethean ClassFlow: Cool Free Set of Cloud-Based Tools

Promethean recently released a free beta version of a new web-based set of tools called ClassFlow.

ClassFlow combines the most often used features of ActivInspire and ActivEngage (clickers) in the cloud.

Here are some things that we like, especially compared to other applications we’ve tested:

  • There is no server to set up or software to install on a desktop.
  • There don’t appear to be complications with wireless networks.
  • It works with both Windows and Apple computers.
  • This version is free.

Here’s how it works:

You login to a computer, upload your content, and organize it into presentations. You can pull content from Google Drive and other cloud-based storage. Like Socrative, you create a session that students then join. Students with iPads and Android devices install an app. They can see the content you’ve uploaded into it and answer questions you give them.

You will likely notice a few limitations and bugs as we have (Remember, it’s a beta.):

  • The teacher app is only available on iPhones at this point.
  • The annotation tools don’t work well on multipage documents. When we tested them, they only annotated the first page.
  • You can’t load flipcharts into it yet.

These are some of the questions we’re thinking about . . .

  • Will ClassFlow continue to grow and develop?
  • The teacher version is supposed to continue to be free. Will it?
  • Can ClassFlow be a good tool for our 1:1 classrooms?
  • Could ClassFlow make BYOD more feasible?

We’re just learning about this, too, and it is a beta version, so we’re not ready to provide Help Desk support for it. If you’re interested in trying something new, please login, register, explore, experiment, and share feedback here!

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