Tool Evaluation: GoNoodle
Type of software: Web 2.0, phone application
Primary users: Can be used by teachers in the classroom & parents at home. Used for children and students. Most appropriate for elementary students.
Price: Free to create an account and use basic features that are offered. GoNoodle plus can be unlocked and paid for monthly or yearly following a 30-day free trial.
Features include: A selection of ‘champs’ (champ collection) that the class or teacher can select to be the classes’ champ. The ‘champs’ are characters that appear on the screen and guide you through activities. The more activities you do, the more the champ grows. Once your current champ has grown to a certain level you can select a new one.
Many videos to be used in the classroom under the button. Once on this page, videos can be categorized. Categories include: guided dancing, free movement, stretching, sports and exercise, kinesthetic learning, coordination and calming.
Teachers or parents can ‘favorite’ a video by selecting the button on the top right of the screen when a video plays. These videos will be compiled under the ‘favorites’ tab under the ‘explore’ section.
The site also supplies sit down activities and worksheets that can be downloaded for free. These are available under the menu in the tab. The downloads consist of: activity and coloring sheets, name tags, signs to hang up around the room, and bookmarks.
Also includes tips on how to use GoNoodle at home, online or on the phone application. (tips for home)
Strengths include: Videos are engaging for children and can be helpful in the classroom.
A variety of videos are supplied and can be used to many different instances in the classroom. For example, videos can be used to demonstrate skip counting, or to relax and compile yourself after more energetic activities.
The growing champs motivate students to watch in follow along with the activities, they will want to be able to help their champ grow and be able to select a new one by watching videos.
Limitations: Not all classrooms have access to technology that will allow them to use this site.
Some videos may not be well-suited for all students in the classroom due to disability or language barriers. (Ex: a student in a wheelchair will have not be able to participate in some of the activities that involve getting up and moving. An ELL student may have trouble understanding the videos). This may result in lack of motivation to participate or potential bullying for not being able to participate.
May be time-consuming for teachers to go through and watch and select videos that will be appropriate for all of their students.
Ease of use: 10/10. Videos are well categorized and site is easy to navigate.
Pictures are paired with the categories, which is helpful for students who may not be able to read the words.
Menu is easily accessible on the top left of the homepage.
I was never confused on how to get to a certain video or to a certain spot on the site upon first use. Definitely very simple to figure out.
Alternative softwares: youtube.com
1. Students arrive back to the room after recess or gym class and are very riled up.
This problem can be solved by selecting a video under the ‘calming’ category. Chillax: Koo Koo Ranga Roo. This particular video is silly, but also includes very slow and calming music and movements. It will be fun for students to watch and follow along with and will result in them relaxing and brings their energy level back down.
2. Teacher having trouble engaging their students when reviewing a concept.
Not all concepts are included on the site, however, there are many videos that make typically dry concepts more fun and will engage the students more by allowing them to sing and follow along. For example, the beginning of a lesson on skip counting can be supplemented with Count by 2’s 5’s and 10’s. A video at the beginning of the lesson will excite the students and will catch their attention so they will maintain their motivation throughout it. Teacher can also play the video again at the end of the lesson as a reward.