ISTE 17: The Creators Of SWIVL Have Developed Recap, A Platform That Helps Teachers Lead Learning With Student Questions
One of the best ways to lead learning is through questions. But anyone who’s stood at the front of the room and tried to lead with questions often finds that students aren’t to quick to respond. Sure you’ll get a handful that will raise their hands right away, but it’s typically the same few every single time. So how do you get the rest of the class engaged when it’s questions and answers you’re looking for and not a game show?
The folks that brought the world SWVL have created a question and answer platform that is that stimulates natural discussion in an easy to use way. Recap allows teachers to pose questions to students individually or as a group. Then, students can answer them privately from their own device, or share their answers in the right setting to spark conversation.
When teachers get the discussion heating up they can turn to video and create what Recap calls “Journeys”, short videos that help keep the spark going. Students can reply with video answers as well, making it a more interactive environment.
Recap also allows teachers to take control of an active discussion in class through a question queue. Now there’s not second guessing which student’s hand went up first. The teacher can answer the questions in the order they are received, you know the same way Time Warner answers your important phone call (no really much much faster).
Recap has found it’s way into the classrooms of kindergartners and high schools as well. It’s that easy to use.
“Using Recap, I am much more effective in assigning questions that tie in with the Common Core State Standards such as retelling a story (posed as three questions – what happened in the beginning, what happened in the middle of the story, and how did the story end), making text-to-self connections, and having students identify the story elements of a book.” Amanda Libby a kindergarten teacher of 8 years says on the Recap website.
Recap has also created a community on their website where teachers can share their journeys and ideas for using Recap with other teachers. Recap has a few more updates that they are pushing out before the start of the school year including fool Google Classroom integration. You can check out Recap here and start igniting your classroom through questions.