This morning I came across an article about iPad apps that help students explain their thinking and/or summarize their understanding. This is the type of technology I think should be used to its fullest in our classrooms.
In addition to making recommendations, the author of the article, Diane Darrow, provides a list of criteria you can use when reviewing apps to find those to help students articulate understanding.
|Imagine what students could write about the Berlin Wall.|
My personal favorite is Lifecards -- Postcards for the iPhone. With this app, students can create a postcard with an image, graph, diagram, etc. on one side and a short explanation on the other side. This looks like a quick and easy way to capture student understanding and gives students the opportunity to express their understanding in a different way. It could be a very engaging form of assessment that students will see as a fun activity in which they can create something to share.