I recently saw a review of Go Class on Android 4 Schools. This app definitely provides something we have been looking for. Just to summarize, my district decided on Android a few years back, first utilizing the Samsung Galaxy Tabs and now with a few hundred Nexus 7 among all the nook HDs and other devices. So one question that always comes up is how to push content to the devices. Go Class explains what it does:
Built to support the classroom dynamics, GoClass aids the instructor in delivering rich content effortlessly and effectively. You can achieve so much more in your classroom by doing very little. It brings you power of technology combined with the time tested teaching methodology of SHOW-EXPLAIN-ASK. It allows you to create, deliver, evaluate, and update content all from the same application and store it all on the Cloud. See how it works!
Sounds pretty good, yes? Before going forward though, I would slightly warn they are in a free beta. That could mean they will stay free, they will go away without explanation, or they will come back with an exorbitantly high price after the beta. So how does it work? Well, first you need to create your class. Your typical data entry of student names, emails , and information. You then begin creating your lesson plan. Really, this just organizes your content. You can add media (images, movies, etc), weblinks, pdfs, and other documents. Once you finish, you can create some questions for your students. When time to teach, you can project your content or push it out to your devices. Pretty cool. With all the 1:1s, BYODs, and the like, I can definitely see this being a good way to share content. Similar to what a Course Management System (Moodle, Blackboard, etc) does, but maybe a little quicker and cleaner. I will continue to play around with this to see how it works. Can’t you see this working for teacher professional development as well?