Tool Evaluation #2: Spiral

Overview of Spiral

Type of software: Website ( Commuication and Collaboration) 
Primary users: Students and Teacher
Cost: Free to use, though to get the premium you have to pay $39 a year
Location: https://spiral.ac/                                                                                                               Audience: Grades 3 through high school                                                                                          An Alternative: Nearpod is also a powerpoint tool in which students can interact with it.                                                                                     

Features:

• This website allows teachers to make a classroom for their students in which the students can do assignments and group work in the classroom.
• Teachers are also able to keep grades through the website.
• Four main components of the site which are Quickfire, Discuss, Team Up, and Click.

spiral-launch

Picture Found: https://cammiekannekensblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/spiral-ac-trying-something-new/

QuickFire

  • Quickfire is where the teacher can make questions for the students to answer either by text or by the canvas tool in which students can draw out their answer.  *   • The teacher in quickfire can review those answers and quickly respond back to feedback;
    • Teachers can keep a record in their grade book.

Discuss

  • Discuss is where you can present power points to the students and students can respond to comments or write their own.
    • Students can see their peers post anonymously.
    • Students can discuss with each other to have an online discussion going on, but all of it is anonymous.

Team Up

  • Team up is in which the teacher can assign groups, and the students can make presentations together The teacher can assign roles for the students in the groups. 
  • The teacher can view what the students are doing during their group work. 
  • The teacher can also set a timer for the group work from 5 minutes all the way to an hour.

Clip

  • The clip tool is where the teacher can embed questions into videos and students can respond from home or in class.

 

Prerequisites: This website is a bit difficult to figure out at first but once you do it is easy to use. I would say as the teacher the teacher requires some play time with the website and for the students, the teacher should teach them, how to use the features in class, so they know what they have to do before even using it.

Evaluation of Spiral: 

quickfire-with-student-incognito-window

Picture Found: http://resources.spiral.ac/posts/spiral-tip-test-edtech-app-unleash-class

What Grades Should Use This App: Starting in 3rd-grade students can start using this website, and they could use it all through high school. I believe the site can only be started into 3rd grade because some of the features could be difficult to use in the younger grades like second and first.

Pacing: The pacing of the website Is excellent because you as the teacher get to pick the pacing. There is no limit to how long or how short you have to any of questions and assignments. If the students need more time, the teacher can always extend the time for any work in website making the pacing ideal for any classroom.

Benefits:

• Teachers can make a class and students will have access to power points, assignments and group projects.
• Instant feedback for the students from the teachers.
* teachers can review the work once the student submits, whether at home or school.
• This gives students a chance to participate in class even if they are shyer in the classroom.
• This site also gives lots of chances for students to communicate and collaborate with each other.
• An easy way to give out exit tickets and pre-questions to start off class.
• Easy to assign group projects for students.
• Teachers can assign roles as well to the students so if the students are in younger grades the teacher can make sure they are always collaborative during group projects.
• The website takes record of who participates in the power point at the end

Drawbacks:

• Confusing to learn the website at first, might be harder for younger children to understand how to use it even if you do teach it to them.
• If students do not have access to technology at home, they would not be able to use this at home.
• Students could still be passive well using this technology tool.
• Students may not write appropriate comments to their peers, and because it is anonymous, their peers would not know who said it.

Application of Spiral In Education:

1) Not every student collaborates on group projects with each other.

Problem Solved: With Spiral the teacher can set the groups up before the students have to do the work. In setting up the groups the teacher can either do random or pick who the students will be working with, the teacher then can assign roles to each student to make sure no student is sitting passively waiting for the rest of their group to do the work. The teacher can also view what each group is doing and make sure that every student is collaborating on the project and getting the work done. The teacher can also chat with the group that they are viewing to either get them back on track or even give them ideas for the project if they seem stuck. This tool of Team-up In Spiral gives students a chance to work with other students on the computer and the teacher a chance to make sure everyone is collaborating in the group work.

Pictures above is when I used the Team Up tool in Spiral in teacher and student mode. Screenshots are mine from: https://spiral.ac/

2) Getting Students to participate in lessons can be hard especially with kids who may be shy.
Problem Solved: When presenting a power point in class, nothing is more stressful than when no student wants to answer. With Spiral, it helps encourage participation in class by letting students write questions and comments well the power point is going on anonymously. This also allows other students comment on their peer’s comments, and it is all anonymous, so even students who are shy will collaborate in class and not feel as their peers are judging them because they do not know who is writing the questions. The students also do not have to speak out in class they can just write it down. This makes Spiral a great tool to have students start participating in the class knowing that they will not be judge and all they have to do is type their questions and comments, and the teacher can go through them as the power point goes on.

Video about Spiral and particpation

Conclusion:

In Conclusion, I think that Spiral is an educational technology tool to use in the classroom. Spiral is excellent for the older elementary grades through high school to use. It gives chances for students to work together in a group and for the teacher to make sure all the work is being done. I do believe that this follows the triple E framework for technology. Spiral is very much a tool that uses engagement the whole website is based on student engagement. In Spiral most of the tools that are used are based on the fact if students answers questions, work together in groups, and participate during PowerPoints. Spiral also does the enhancement part of the triple E framework. It enhances the learning experiences of the students by giving the students different options through websites that improve the whole learning experience. It also follows the Extension of connecting the classroom learning to everyday life because students can work together which they will have to do in daily life. Spiral brings in group work and participation in a new fun way that students will love and be able to bring into everyday life. Spiral is an excellent technology tool that should be used in all classrooms across the grades.

 

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