- Verso is an app that really gives students a voice in your class.
- Students cannot view other respondent's answers until they post, which means the discussion posts are students' original thoughts. In addition, it gives students time to really think and construct their own ideas before reading their classmates' thoughts. Teachers can set this threshold to be up to 3 posts before seeing others'.
- Student responses are ANONYMOUS to other students. The teacher can toggle between teacher and student view (so you can display the results with no names, but also look at them on teacher end with names). This lowers the "fear" and really allows students to just be honest, open, and do their best work.
- Verso is not just a discussion board, but something that will take the level of learning from SURFACE to DEEP. If you look at the picture below, you can see that it starts off being unistructural (one student's idea) to multi-structural (lots of ideas from multiple students but they aren't really connected together) to relational (start seeing how the pieces fit together, students commenting and making connections on each other's posts) to extended abstract (can extend and apply ideas to new ideas)
- The teacher can group student responses based on the learning activity need or purpose. This allows for that deeper discussion, connection-making, possible remediation or redirection, or whatever is needed in class.
- It's not “E-Learning”, but “C-Learning”. It's way too easy for teachers to say, “Oh, she’s the ‘e-learning’ person, that’s not for me”. They can’t really argue with the “C-Learning” goals…(critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, character, citizenship)
- This isn't just a feedback tool. It's a feed up (where am I going? - ahead of the lesson, a signpost of what they will be learning), feed back (how am I doing? - authentic evidence of learning because it's the students' original thought) and feed forward (where to next? - providing feedback that moves learners forward)
- We want students to connect the dots in their learning, but "you can't connect the dots without first collecting dots". Verso helps students to collect the dots and begin connecting them, and then allows for even further and deeper connections as the teacher designs.
- A learning community is NOT about pursuit of individual learning goals,it's also about contributing TO the learning & knowledge base of colleagues & school. Verso is socializing the change- the collective might of sharing and working together. This is what Verso Campus allows.