ISTE 2017: Sprial Has The Tools To Turn Every Classroom Into An Interactive Learning Space
Spiral is an online web based platform that has no apps to install and no download required. The platform allows teachers to make interactive lessons in a variety of ways that blend engagement, assessment and collaboration. Spiral is a web app so students can participate in the teacher generated lessons and activities from any device whether it be a Chromebook, tablet, or smartphone.
Teachers can create tests and quizzes using Spiral. Students can then take the test or quiz and submit it for instant feedback. Teachers can decide if they want to work 1:1 with the student or with the whole class through their smart board or BoardShare device. After giving feedback students can re-submit their answers adding anything they learned through teacher or peer feedback.
But we all know that regular old tests and quizzes can be boring.
That’s why Spiral’s web based app also has tools to make learning more engaging and fun. For instance, Kori Harris, a second grade teacher, used Spiral’s Quick Fire tool to create a Jeopardy game to play with her students on their smart board.
Teachers can also use Spiral to flip their classroom and make sure that kids are grasping the material at the same time. With flipped classroom situations, teachers use video lessons to help teach students the material. The students can work at their own pace, and sometimes at home. But in many cases, there’s no way to make sure the students are grasping the lesson while they watch the video. Spiral’s tool allows teachers to interrupt the video at certain points to ask questions about the previous material. Once the student gets the questions right they can advance in the lesson.
All of the tools in Spiral can be used in a variety of ways, it all depends on how creative the teacher is.
Spiral considers themselves to be a Classroom Learning Platform or CLP. That’s the bridge between an LMS (learning management system) and SRS (student response system).
“Spiral has a different user experience. We’ve split up the everyday learning activities into separate apps. If you want a quiz, in 3 clicks you have 30 answers. Wants to set up a group task? 4 clicks. We’ve designed each everyday learning activity to break up the experience for the student. That generally improves engagement.” Ben Toettcher, Training Director at Spiral says.
You can check out Spiral at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, June 25th-28th, booth #2332 and online at spiral.ac