Do you have students come to school without their homework or with incomplete homework?
What do your students do if they have a question after school hours?
Can Thinkfinity help? Many teachers, as school will soon start, are setting up a private group in Thinkfinity for each subject or grade they teach. They will give their students written instructions to register in Thinkfinity and give them the URL to join their group. Now the teacher has the opportunity to post homework for students who are absent or out of class for an activity, start discussions to engage students and extend learning beyond the classroom, respond to student questions such that everyone gets the same information, and all easily done during or after school hours. If a student elects to Follow the group and set their preferences to receive emails, they can even get notification anything added to the group.
I like that a student can pose a question and another student answer and another student add to the answer...but you as the teacher and owner of the group see it all and can clarify or modify any misunderstanding. I like that in overseeing a group you can learn more about your students and how they are learning before they come to class for a quiz. I like that you can see which students are engaged and which may not be. You can then encourage them to join and participate in the group. You can see which students understand the material and can actually help others. It's building a picture of what happens in your classroom and out of it.
What do you think? Can Thinkfinity help improve your student engagement in class?