App of the Week: Using video for reflection


Video reflection app puts new spin on formative assessment.

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? 

Recap is a video response and reflection app that allows students to record short videos (or typed text) in response to teacher prompts. Recap is designed for formative assessment, but it feels very informal and conversational — which is an asset. Video reflections offer teachers a new way to check for understanding, personalizing questions for students and assessing their reflections, and give students a perhaps more engaging mode for demonstrating learning.

Price: Free

Grades: 2-12

Rating: 5/5

Pros: Create personalized, reflective videos to showcase progress.

Cons: Videos are only to be shared with the teacher, but it would be a neat option to be able to share with peers.

Bottom line: By facilitating regular video self-reflection through Recap, teachers can support more authentic learning and self-assessment among their students.

Meris Stansbury

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