Gathering Video Assessment for Reporting

It’s that time of year again in Australian Schools with mid year reports due.

Now that I have finished and sent mine through, I would like to share with you how I use video observations to help me with my assessment.

Taking video footage in the classroom is really easy now that we have it readily available on iPads, iPods, phones and cameras. I have found that since taking footage of my students it is so much easier to assess, and I feel a lot more confident in the evidence I have gathered to back up my assessment grade.

There are 2 ways I gather video assessment in the classroom:

Teacher

I record using either my iPad or iPhone and keep this for assessment.

This is an example from my Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 classes tapping rhythms using their magic wands (pop sticks with foam stars glued to them) and pipe cleaner notation.

This example is from my Year 6/7 class playing their arrangement on their own coded music instrument apps in Hopscotch

Student

I ask my students to record themselves, or a partner records them on their iPad.

The files are sent to me via Airdrop or Dropbox.

Sometimes we combine this footage  in a Digital Portfolio using Book Creator or Explain Everything for parents to view.

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This example is a Year 4/5 class creating a recorder portfolio.

Gathering video footage as evidence for assessment allows you

  • the flexibility to assess in your own time rather than grading on the spot
  • to view the students performance multiple times, especially helpful when there is more than one student in the performance
  • to review your original assessment for final reporting grades
  • to provide the evidence for parents if they question your assessment.

Are there activities that you can assess via video in your classroom?

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Teach to transform!

Cheryl

Coding Music Instrument Apps in Hopscotch

Why should we bring coding into the music room?

Because not only is it cross curricular and ticking the STEAM methodology of teaching, it is also asking our students to think about the fundamentals of music. What is it we need to consider when making an instrument? Pitch, melody, and/or beat, rhythm, tempo and tone colour.

hopscotchThe best iPad app I found for coding music is Hopscotch. While it does not have as much scope as the Scratch coding program on a computer, it still gives enough scope to create both a melodic and percussion musical instrument and an authentic unit of work covering these objectives:

Knowledge: Musical instruments are invented and designed to play the pitch, melody, and/or beat, rhythm, tempo, tone colour.

Skills: Code a music instrument which, when tapped, changes its look in some shape or form and includes more than one sound/tone/note.

Summative Task 1:

Play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star together as a class, each student playing on a correctly coded melodic instrument matching the Boomwhacker notes and colours.

Boomwhacker Piano

https://c.gethopscotch.com/p/xy3g0pu9q

Boomwhacker Spin Piano Note Names

https://c.gethopscotch.com/p/xyxy4anpx

Summative Task 2:

In groups, arrange a composition to perform a simple song using your own coded musical instrument app in an iPad Band.

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Here is an example from my students.

Check out some Hopscotch instrument apps my students have created and yours can too!

Piano and Percussion App

Tap the squares to play the piano, tap the circles to play percussion/abstract sounds (N.B. this project is best played in the iPad app as it does not play so well in a web browser due to its complexity)

https://c.gethopscotch.com/p/xvtzpj372

 

Sound Effects Pad App

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Tap the emoji images to play the abstract percussion sounds (plays fine in a browser)

https://c.gethopscotch.com/p/xstfaq6r6

Drag to Play App

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Drag the parrot on top of images to play sounds (plays fine in a browser)

https://c.gethopscotch.com/p/xtt56eofh

folder_download_100Purchase this Unit of Work from my

Music Room Tech series

Includes:

  • IB Unit of Inquiry
  • Australian Curriculum links
  • Step by step visual instructions
  • Charts
  • Scores
  • Arrangement worksheets

What is Hopscotch?

Hopscotch is a coding app designed for students to learn to code by creating their own games.

Website: www.gethopscotch.com

It uses a simple jigsaw puzzle method of dragging blocks of code into the window to create an instruction for your character to do, eg move or play a sound.

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It has multiple coding fundamentals including, conditionals, variables, loops and many more.

Hopscotch works with an online account, students need a username and a password, but they do not need to put in an email address.

While it is online, you can choose to publish your work in the Hopscotch community or just keep them as drafts.

As drafts, students can not share their project with you, you will need to view it on their iPad.

My students publish their work, copy the weblink, and send me a message in Showbie with the link for me to view. I can then save their project as a draft to my account.

Have a go at coding instruments in your music classroom.

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Teach to transform!

Cheryl

 

 

folder_download_100Purchase this Unit of Work from my

Music Room Tech series

Includes:

  • IB Unit of Inquiry
  • Australian Curriculum links
  • Step by step visual instructions
  • Charts
  • Scores
  • Arrangement worksheets

21 iPad Apps for the Music Classroom: General Education and Music Specific

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Your school has purchased a class set of iPads or implemented a 1-1/BYOD structure, so which apps should you deploy or ask your students to purchase?

The following 21 apps are the ones that I have found over the past 4 years to be of great value in my classroom (Kinder-Grade 7) and is my current app deployment list for 2016. This list varies from year to year depending on my program.

seussBandDr. Seuss Band by Oceanhouse Media $1.49

https://appsto.re/au/JlWtC.i

Used for: practicing playing rhythms along with music

 

RealXylophoneReal Xylophone by Gismart (google and app store adds) – free

https://appsto.re/au/vCWx1.i

Real Xylophone by Gismart without adds $2.99

https://appsto.re/au/VBWx1.i

Used for: exploring all the different types of xylophones, also is an inter-app audio app for Garage Band

 

percussionsPercussions by CRIMSON TECHNOLOGY, Inc $5.99

https://appsto.re/au/dZdmt.i

Used for: virtual percussion instruments that can be played multiple different ways

 

Rainbow Music Notes by Tie Zhong $1.49RainbowMusicNotes

https://appsto.re/au/rguJx.i

Used for: learning note names

 

 

YPGOrchestraYoung Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten by The Britten-Pears Foundation – free

https://appsto.re/au/ft2ON.i

Used for: information instrument families and the orchestra

 

madpadMadPad HD – Remix Your Life by Smule $ 4.49

https://appsto.re/au/Ys8BB.i

Used for: creating your own live and recorded loop music

 

garageBandGarageBand – free

https://appsto.re/au/zQgxy.i

Used for: playing and recording music

Check out these blog posts for some of the projects I have done

 

Novation Launchpad by Novation – freenovation_launchpad

https://appsto.re/au/QNk1I.i

Used for: creating loop music and record directly into GarageBand via inter-app audio

 

propellerheadFigure by Propellerhead Software AB – free

https://appsto.re/au/NLvEE.i

Used for: creating loop music and record directly into GarageBand via inter-app audio

 

GrooveMaker 2 FREE by IK Multimedia – freeGroovemaker

https://appsto.re/au/YXaYS.i

Used for: creating loop music and record directly into GarageBand

 

yellofierYellofier by Boris Blank $4.49

https://appsto.re/au/l3ehL.i

Used for: creating music using matrix format is also an inter-app audio app.

 

The following apps are generic education apps. I use then to techify my music activities and to display work samples, research and project work and sharing/gathering files. The best part about using generic education apps is that often the classroom teacher has already taught the students how to use these apps so you don’t have to do this, saving you time!

showbieShowbie – Paperless Classroom by Showbie Inc. – free or purchase upgrade for extra tools

https://appsto.re/au/Lu4TG.i

Used for: gathering student work, assessing work, providing resources to the students, communicating with students.

 

Pages – freepages

https://appsto.re/au/EysIv.i

Used for: presenting research and projects

 

iMovie – freeimovie

https://appsto.re/au/r0rFw.i

Used for: recording soundscapes, presenting music, filmscoring

Check out this blog post for some of the projects I have done

 

Explain Everything™ Interactive explaineverythingWhiteboard by Explain Everything – $5.99

https://appsto.re/au/E_aUz.i

Used for: digital portfolios, gathering student work, assessing work, providing resources to the students

Check out this blog post for some of the projects I have done

 

Book Creator by Red Jumper Limited – $7.99book-creator-icon-large

https://appsto.re/au/wDIxA.i

Used for: digital portfolios, gathering student work, assessing work, providing resources to the students

Check out this blog post for some of the projects I have done

 

Popplet Lite by Notion – freepopplet

https://appsto.re/au/1FxVv.i

Popplet by Notion – $7.99

https://appsto.re/au/uNrtw.i

 

Used for: brainstorm presentation

 

inigma-qr-code-readeri-nigma QR Code, Data Matrix and 1D barcode reader by 3GVision – free

https://appsto.re/au/d9Nlx.i

Used for: scanning QR Codes

Check out this blog post for some of the projects I have done

 

DropboxDropbox by Dropbox – free

https://appsto.re/au/63ZHt.i

Used for: providing students with files, students uploading files for assessment

Check out this blog post for some of the projects I have done

 

photodicePhoto Dice by MachWerx – free or $1.49 no adds

https://appsto.re/au/kgwUC.i

Used for: creating your own dice using music or notation images in your photo roll. A roll the dice to create rhythm patterns to compose or to play games like yahtzee, bingo etc.

Check out this blog post for some of the projects I have done

 

hopscotchHopscotch: by Hopscotch Technologies – free

https://appsto.re/au/f2cYK.i

Used for: coding virtual instruments, simple composing with Code.

 

I would love to hear about the apps you have found to be essential in your classroom

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Teach to transform!

Cheryl

 

10 uses for Typedrummer in the classroom

Being a teacher who always looks for ways to creatively capture students attention, I was extremely excited two weeks ago when I found this awesome website which works on both computers and tablets www.typedrummer.com

typedrummer

First I planned to use it as an introduction activity for my first music lesson of 2016, however during the lesson my students inquired, investigated and morphed the activity into a lot more, showing me the potential this website has for not only the music classroom but for use in other subjects as well.

Here are 10 ways to use Typedrummer, the first 9 are general classroom uses, number 10 is a classroom music lesson.

1. Welcome messages – I had this displayed on the data projector as students came in.

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2. Spice Up boring content – The most boring time in the classroom is setting up your rules and boundaries at the beginning of the school year, this year I presented mine by typing each one in typedrummer.

 

3. Instruction List – type a list of instructions for students to follow.

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4. Instruction step by step – type each instruction as students complete them, This I found to be an awesome tool for packing up instead of raising my voice above the noise of the class.

 

5. Names – teacher/students introduce themselves typing their name, investigate different combinations, first name, last name, full name.

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6.  Answers – ask your students a question, ask them to answer it in typedrummer.

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7.  Presenting a statement – maybe this is the answer to a question, the start of a presentation or the introduction for an exposition.

 

8. Spelling activity – change one phonogram at a time or practice your spelling words.

 

9. Question and Answer  – one student asks a question, the other answers. In this example it is a Maths question, note that type drummer does not have sounds attached to numbers, therefore the words need to be typed.

 

10. Music Lesson – investigate the different sounds and loop combinations created when typing letters and changing the text structure.

  • 1 letter, 2 letters or 3 letters
  • reverse the word

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  • put each letter on a new line

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Teach to transform!

Cheryl

iPads in the Music Classroom Professional Development Workshop

This month I presented my first PD workshop titled ‘iPads in the Middle Primary Music Classroom’  at the Music Technology in Education Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

I had really great feedback from the participants and comments that the information I shared is not only relevant to Middle Primary but all the way through K-12.

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The topics and apps I presented on were:

  1. Remotely controlling your computer with your iPad using Doceri or Air Display
  2. Displaying your iPad screen via Airplay using Reflector or Apple TV
  3. Using Dropbox in the classroom (click link to see notes)
  4. Using QR codes in the classroom (click link to see notes)
  5. Using Pages as a tool for your teaching
  6. Creating Interactive Posters
  7. Book Creator for projects and digital portfolios
  8. Music Room Tech: Signature Ringtones, my upcoming publication, an 8 week unit of work using iPad apps to create a personalised ringtone.

I hope to do more presentations around Australia in the next 12 months.

While I am a Specialist Classroom Music teacher, I am also trained and have taught  JP/P generalist classroom, so can modify the above topics for general classroom use.

If you are interested in booking me please email cheryl@bushfirepress.com

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Teach to transform!

Cheryl

iPads and Dropbox in the classroom

This month I presented my first ever Professional Development workshop at the Music Technology in Education Conference in Melbourne, Australia, on using iPad’s in the music classroom.

I had really great feedback from the participants and hope to do more presentations around Australia in the next 12 months.

dropbox_229x128iPad’s and Dropbox

Part of my presentation was on using Dropbox to provide files and information to students and to gather work samples from them.

Where I teach, students don’t have individual email addresses so to ask them to email me files for assessment is impossible. I also have the problem that not all iPad’s in the classroom are airdrop compatible so that option to collect work is also eliminated.

I came up with the idea of creating a class dropbox account that students can log in to (and out of) on their iPad.

The iPad app allows you to log in and out of  different dropbox accounts, so if you have a personal one it is quite simple to log out of that and then into the class one to upload or download content.

This has worked extremely well for me and my students as it allows me to

  1.  access their work samples to assess at home
  2. upload files for them to download to their iPad

Below is a set of instructions on 3 different ways you can set up Dropbox to work in your classroom.

Alternately download a pdf of these instructions here dropbox_instructions_10_2014.

Description: Dropbox is a way you can share files between devices and computers. Upload templates, music tracks, videos and photos for students to open in apps on their iPad. You can open Dropbox accounts in the internet browser on your computer to upload files from your computer, or on your iPad, directly from any apps that allow files to be opened in Dropbox.

3 Different Classroom Uses:

  1. Have a class Dropbox account that everyone logs in and out of.

 

  1. Download the free Dropbox app onto all student iPad’s
  2. Create a dropbox account with a class school email address or create a free account such as yahoo
  3. Go to the class email inbox and verify the account
  4. Open Dropbox app and Login to the account you created.
  5. Go back into the app you were working in select your file/project, select ‘Open in’, in the app options select Dropbox. This will take you to Dropbox
  6. Select ‘Choose a different folder’
  7. Select the specified folder
  8. Select choose (down the bottom)
  9. Select Save.
  10. Wait for document to upload
  11. If you don’t want the students to have access everyday to this account ask them to log out before leaving the classroom and change the password.

 

  1. Each student has an individual account and shares the download link via email to you.

 

  1. Download the free Dropbox app onto all student iPad’s
  2. Each student creates a dropbox account with an individual email address
  3. Go to their email inbox and verify the account
  4. Go back into the app you were working in select your file/project, select ‘Open in’, in the app options select Dropbox. This will take you to Dropbox
  5. Select ‘Choose a different folder’
  6. Select the specified folder
  7. Select choose (down the bottom)
  8. Select Save
  9. Wait for document to upload
  10. Select uploaded document (wait for the preview to come up in the window)
  11. Select the export button above the preview window
  12. Select mail and email link to teacher

 

 

 

  1. Each student has an individual account and has shared folders with you.

 

  1. Download the free Dropbox app onto all student iPad’s
  2. Create a dropbox account with an individual email address
  3. Go to their email inbox and verify the account
  4. To create shared folders, on student iPad,
  • select the 3 dots
  • select create folder
  • name your folder (ie students name & subject)
  • select export (which is next to the 3 dots)
  • ‘invite people to folder’
  • type email address of dropbox account you want them to share to
  • select invite
  • Teacher logs into their account on the internet, not in the app (the app doesn’t yet allow you to accept invitations within the app)
  • Select the ‘sharing’ tab down the side, it will have a number in a red box showing how many invites you have to accept
  • Select the ‘folder invitation’
  • Select ‘Accept’ the folder will now appear both on the internet and in your app.
  1. To save a file from the iPad to Dropbox, ensure you are logged into the Dropbox app.
  2. Go back into the app you were working in select your file/project, select ‘Open in’, in the app options select Dropbox. This will take you to Dropbox
  3. Select ‘Choose a different folder’
  4. Select the shared folder
  5. Select choose (down the bottom)
  6. Select Save
  7. Wait for document to upload then it will be accessible on the teacher’s dropbox.

To invite students to a folder you have created just follow the above steps and ask the students to log into their Dropbox account online to accept the invitation.

How to open the student files on your iPad

  1. If it was emailed select the link in the email to open it, follow the instructions in Safari. Tap the top of the page to ‘Open in’.
  2. If saved to Dropbox, open the app on your iPad, and either open the shared folder or log in to the class account
  3. Select the uploaded document
  4. Select the export button (above the preview window)
  5. Select ‘Open in’
  6. Choose the app you wish to open it in

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Teach to transform!

Cheryl

The YouTube Classroom: using videos to grab attention

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Our children are now growing up wired for visual and sound with all the technology that is available to them.

We as teachers are need to learn how to embrace this shift in our classrooms as well.

TV adverts are full of quick visual stimuli and attention grabbing music and this is what our children are being taught as the medium to grab people’s attention.

My son spends as much time searching YouTube for his favourite music or TV program as he does playing games.

Have you thought of  utilising this in your classroom?

Video as Attention Grabbers

Put a YouTube clip or TV Advert at the beginning as a lesson starter to grab their attention. 

We’ve all gone to conferences where presenters do this – and the attention grabber helps us to connect that visual stimuli to the learning we did that day.

Here’s one played at a recent PD day I went to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIeZg0-Tc9M 

Play one in the middle to give them a break from work or re-grab their attention – just like a TV advert.

I love showing snippets of music concerts or music videos that relate to our Unit of Inquiry, the students seem to respond to this better than just listening to a music track.

Do you have the issue where the internet isn’t reliable or, like I do, you have been moved to a room without internet access?

The simple fix to this is download a YouTube ripper. These programs can, in some instances, not only download from YouTube but from any website that has a video embedded in it. This will mean you can play the video without having to connect to the internet.

The 3 FREE programs I use are:

YTD-Downloader

YTD (both PC & MAC): http://www.youtubedownloadersite.com

VDownloader

VDownloader (iPad): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/v-downloader/id590259505?mt=8

videoder

Videoder (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rahul.videoder

Without fail I always get asked to play the video again – and this is where I use it as a reward for the students to complete their work for me in the allotted time.

I don’t believe in using video or technology ONLY as a reward. There will, at most times, be a student in the class who can’t help but muck around and then we are punishing the good students for one student’s poor behaviour.

Therefore, play it once, wet their appetite for more, and use video as a motivator to start and finish work.

Some teachers in the high school classroom play video clips at the start of the lesson as not only an introduction for their topic but to motivate students to get to their lesson on time so as not to miss out on the video.

Some use YouTube tutorials to not only give the teacher a break in teaching but the students some variety in delivery – and why reinvent the wheel! And lets admit it, we can’t be the expert at everything so why not bring the expert into the classroom via YouTube. Also set a YouTube tutorial as homework – using the ‘Flipped Classroom’ method of delivery.

These are all great and efficient use of video in the classroom.

I hope this inspires you to utilise video in your own teaching.

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Teach to transform!

Cheryl

Teaching Music Made Easy for the Classroom Teacher

If you are a classroom teacher I understand how teaching music can be very daunting but I can tell you that I was in your shoes 10 years ago.

Without having any university training in teaching music I just happened to be the closest there could be to a Classroom Music Teacher in my rural school because I had learnt Piano, Clarinet & Saxophone in High School. To make things easy on myself I went about finding a developmental curriculum that was easy to use and understand with minimal background in music teaching.

Musicroom_Book7_cover_300I stumbled across a fantastic Australian resource ‘Music Room: A developmental classroom music program‘ by Bushfire Press. At the time they had only published level 1 & 2, now seven years later we have 7 levels in the series and Book 7 was awarded ‘The Best Primary Teaching Resource’ at the Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2012.

This program has been a saviour for many classroom teachers & starting our specialist music teachers to help us teach music across the Primary Years. Many experienced Music Educators also use it compliment their program and as a relief teacher resource. I know from personal experience my relief teachers always comment how easy the resource is to use and that it puts them at ease because of the simple layout & instructions.

I a previous paragraph I used the word ‘we’, this is because six years ago I contacted Bushfire Press when I got an Interactive Whiteboard in my classroom and asked them if they were putting Music Room into an interactive resource or if they knew of anyone who had. I had started creating some presentations using their books to try and streamline the resources so…

  1. I didn’t have fiddle with a CD player, DVD player & Data projector to project the charts
  2. I had some interactivity in my lessons and didn’t waste the $8000 resource hanging on my wall

Out of this question to Bushfire Press birthed my 3 publications ‘The Interactive Music Room: A classroom music program for the interactive whiteboardEasy Teach MR1 COVER Levels 1, 2 & 3 (Level 4 will be out early 2014 and 5-7 to follow).

My aim with these publications, apart from the 2 reasons above, was to make the resource even more easy for classroom teachers to use and to capture those hard to engage students. The comment from my Principal at the time when he saw my published work was “Cheryl I think you have actually put yourself out of a job, this resource is so easy to use”.

Have I achieved engaging those challenging students? YES!

I recently have taken parenting leave to allow me time to focus on my children while keeping up with a publishing schedule. I have been shocked by the number of students who have approached me asking when I am coming back because they miss my music lessons and what breaks my heart is when I tell them not until the end of 2014 their faces drop. However the best part in these situations is that over 50% of these students have been the ones we struggle to engage with in the classroom – and these are the moments we live for as a teacher.

I’d like to encourage you to check out my resource and the rest of the great curriculum resources we have for Music and The Arts at www.bushfirepress.com.

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Teach to transform!

Cheryl

A great read if you are implementing the use of iPad’s in your classroom

I’ve just read this article on my favourite website Edudemic (it’s now set as my homepage!).

http://www.edudemic.com/teachers-ipad-guide/

the part I love the most about in this article is where it talks about the use of technology and the shift we as teachers need to grasp in moving from enhancement to transformation in our teaching. This is explained using the SAMR model below.

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This SAMR model really spoke to me because it is what I strive for when creating my lessons for publishing The Interactive Music Room. It started off with creating for the interactive whiteboard BUT now while writing/creating level 4 I am now constantly thinking of how I can redefine the activties to flow across all platforms… data projection, interactive whiteboards & tablets. When I say redefine I don’t just mean something that looks pretty and is “cool” to use BUT an activity that is going to increase the scope and opportunity for students to focus more on being creative than a gimmick of using a piece of technology in school.

This is the challenge we as teachers need to take on in redefining the methodology we use when implementing technology in the classroom.

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Teach to transform!

Cheryl

Another great Article on BYOD in the classroom

edudemic-logoHere is another great read.

http://www.edudemic.com/how-to-byod-classroom/

The article talks about:

  1. Set realistic expectations and outcomes in regards to why you are using the device.
  2. Planning thoroughly to avoid dead time in the classroom in an era where the students can most of the time know more than us with this new technology and always have PLAN B!
  3. Universality is the best, setting tasks that allowing students to choose the app they feel comfortable working in and not limiting them to a certain app.

enjoy the read

blessings

Cheryl