I teach a yearly Professional Development class, in which I often implore students to put their phones to work for them. I warn students that smart phones can be a terrible master if they allow it. I am not alone with this claim. Recent research from the University of Texas found:
“It didn’t matter whether a person’s smartphone was turned on or off, or whether it was lying face up or face down on a desk. Having a smartphone within sight or within easy reach reduces a person’s ability to focus and perform tasks because part of their brain is actively working to not pick up or use the phone.
Flipgrid is a remarkable video capture app, which is particularly useful in an online classroom. I first tried Flipgrid in fall 2017 with my face to face classes. It went well, but I was not inspired to sing its praises until after my recent experience this summer when I taught online. What was the difference, you ask? In a face to face class, you easily have the ability to assess student learning through standard means (class discussions, written assessments, etc.). However, in an online setting, the assurance of learning is not as simple. You can proctor an online exam, set up classroom discussions,