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Collaborative work usually means more paperwork and more things to keep track of for teachers. Let’s be honest, sometimes we just don’t have time to add one more thing to our plates. So instead of worrying about where you’re going to find the time to go over project submissions and feedback, let technology do what it does best – automatically track work submitted, interactions and organise the data beautifully.
New platforms like Agora are focused on being the background support that allow teachers to run meaningful collaborative activities without the hassle.
Tracks all student progress automatically
Agora makes it easy for students to submit progress on their work, think individual and group projects, and then keeps track of where everybody is at. No extra input needed on your part. You create the project or set of tasks that students will be working on, add due dates if you want and then let them work on it at their own pace. Technology does the rest.
Students will see a progress bar showing how much of a project they’ve completed and you get an overview chart showing progress for each individual student that you can click on to see details.
Allows students to give each other feedback.
With Agora students can comment on each other’s work, share resources and provide specific notes on how work can be improved.
Think about how beneficial seeing what other teachers are doing is for you. You pick up many great ideas and get a tangible sense of how you can do things differently from teacher blogs and sites like teacherspayteachers. The same concept applies for students learning. By allowing everyone in the classroom to see each other’s work at different stages learning goes through the roof. Work that can seem daunting suddenly seems within reach and questions that might have remained buried, surface out of curiosity for how someone else did it.
Generates beautiful custom reports
Being able to measure and communicate progress is key to a successful collaborative classroom.
With Agora you can create custom reports for what each student has been working on given specific time dates.This allows you to keep everyone in the loop of what’s happening. You can also see big picture charts of where every student is at and what work is missing. (Goodbye weekends of fighting with excel or blackboard!)
Integrates with what you’re already using
Agora integrates with Google so that students can login with gmail accounts (no need to create extra credentials). You can also easily link to google documents, embed youtube videos if they’re doing something like practicing speeches, or creative media work and drag and drop images to upload them.
Agora’s interface is clean and straightforward. It has what you need and nothing more. No extra bells and whistles that can be confusing. Think about it like air. It’s there to serve you and allows you to do the things you need, but you don’t notice it most of the time. Learning and helping you achieve your goals are front and center.
You can sign-up now for early access to Agora and get a free month of their premium version if your refer another teacher.