Verso is a highly effective product which is can be accessed via the web or an app on a mobile device that enables content such as videos, PowerPoints, worksheets, files or web links to be pushed to students. A teacher can set up a class which the students log in to. The teacher can then set flipped learning homework such as watch a video on a particular subject then pose a question or series of questions for the students to answer via the app. The teacher is then able to view the students answers in real time, respond to them, and in Facebook style like their comments. The beauty of this system is the teacher can group the students by the quality of their response before the lesson and give them guidance on where to find additional useful material before the lesson if necessary. In essence Verso enables the teacher to plan for a personalised differentiated lesson for all students based upon the individual students knowledge and understanding before they enter the lesson. This is a very powerful tool and from using Verso on numerous occasions I am able to gain am insight into what aspects of the subject content I need to focus on within the lesson, and identify weaknesses in the students understanding and their key misconceptions. http://versoapp.com/#verso
Flipped learning is a relatively new model of teaching that gives greater responsibly for learning to the students and frees up more class time for teachers to create captivating learning experiences. The knowledge content such as basic terminology is given to the students before the lesson for them to master rather than the teacher "lecturing" for a proportion of the lesson. The students enter the lesson with a knowledge and understanding of the topic principles, so the lesson is focussed around applying the concepts, engaging in collaborative tasks, asking questions, and receiving guidance and feedback. This all makes for a more productive lesson where student-student and student-teacher interaction is maximised.
Verso caters for the flipped learning environment and has been very well received by the students as a modern method of completing homework that relates to their day to day experiences from social networking sites. Once they submit their answers they are able to view the answers of all the other students in the class and can respond to each other if they choose, which is a fantastic learning tool in its self. The data of the students answers is graphically represented which is another very useful function of this app.
Verso is available via iOS, Android and the web.