One of the most important things we need to teach our students is being a good team player and the best way to do so is to engage them into group works and collaboration projects in classroom.Â Group projects help students develop life-long skills, particularly strong communication skills and ability to take responsibility and ownership of their contribution. But in order to make this possible, teachers need to use the right tools to organize, manage and assess the teamwork in a fair and transparent way.
My go-to tool for teamwork management is Ignite Teaching. Itâ€™s basically a breath of fresh air in education technology. Once you try it, you wonâ€™t be able to imagine your life without it.Â The first thing that came to my mind after trying Ignite Teaching was â€œSo sad I didnâ€™t get to use this tool as a studentâ€. For real, my student life wouldâ€™ve been so much easier if I had this kind of tool at school.
With Ignite Teaching students can collaborate with several people from the class and as a teacher you will be able to see exactly to what extent each student has contributed to the project, who delivered this or that section of the project by percentage.
Hereâ€™s what I love most about Ignite Teaching:
- Itâ€™s easy as a breeze.
First of all, Ignite Teaching is really easy to use. All you have to do is sign up as a teacher or student, which takes less than a minute, and you are ready to go. You can create a project right away and start working on it with collaborators. Even if youâ€™ve never ever used this kind of app before, youâ€™ll guess what to do on a hunch.
- It has all of the tools you need.
No matter, what kind of group project you want to launch in your class, this tool has everything you might need: audio, video, images, text and you can track the edit history so that you know what changes have been made to the project and how students have reached the final result. All you ever might need to manage the group project, is available from your admin dashboard.
- Ignite Teaching offers templates library.
This appÂ has different page templates which you can choose from. You can even suggest your own templates, if you canâ€™t find the one that suits your specific project needs. You can create multiple project pages – easily access them by switching between the pages. When done, Ignite gives you an opportunity to preview what you created and then only submit it to the teacher.
- Accessible from anywhere.
Being always on the go, I love Ignite Teaching particularly because you can work on the project from anywhere: at school, at home, in a cafe, practically anywhere you can get internet connection. The app is available on Android and iOS. It also works perfect on web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.
After signing up and creating a project, you get a unique code that you share with your students. All you have to do after that – monitor the progress. As a teacher point, you have a full detailed access to all the contributions and actions your student did.Â Ignite Teacher has 2 really affordable subscription plans: 3$ per month or 25$ per year, plus 30 day free trial.
To summarize Ignite Teaching is obviously a very handy edtech app for teachers and students to work on group projects more effectively and to avoid guesswork while assessing studentsâ€™ contribution.Â If you want to see what great projects have been created with this app, head over to Ignite Teaching Spotlight and browse through some amazing projects made by students from all around the world.