I had to have this app! As I was pulling out my iPad to go to the app store, I noticed the contact tab on the website. I wondered if I could contact the app developer to do a review of the app in exchange for a free download code. Usually, I receive several emails a day from people wanting to give me a free code in exchange for a review on my blog. I typically turn these offers down as they often don't relate to my second grade practice. This was one of the first times I actually contacted a developer to reverse the process. It worked!
David, the Confer developer, wrote back:
Of course, I used one of the codes to try out and shared one with Jason, my literacy coach. I've spent a bit of time playing around on the app. So far, I'm impressed.
I love apps that are simple and user-friendly. For example, though there are many IWB apps available, I use Educreations - it's easy, free, and works well. I prefer it to Explain Everything, Show Me, and all the others.
Sometimes, more is not better. I think David, the developer, understands this. He is a National Board Certified teacher. He gets it. The app is not overloaded with jazzy features that make it difficult to use. It's simple... just like your binder! Only, you can use the information more effectively.
In the end, yes - I would pay for this app. After all, I spend about $7 per large binder and even more for the divider tabs, Sharpie markers, highlighters, pens, etc... I think it's worth it. If you're use to using an iPad, want to go more paperless, or are looking to try a new system, I'd give it a try.
It really is easy to set up and use. I've created a brief, informal video to show you...
My favorite feature is the ability to view students based on the overall student, student groups, strengths, teaching points, and next steps. These are all of the key points I include in my observational paper notes, now I can sort and view them easily. This will certainly help when I call a small group for a table conference during workshop or strategy/skill mini meeting for guided reading.
One New Year's Goal of mine is to become more paperless. Thanks to Claco and Confer, I know this will be an easier transition!
David mentioned to let him know if I needed any more codes, so I'd like to offer two codes to Kleinspiration readers! If you have an iPad and think this is an app you would use with your students, please click here to follow Kleinspiration on Facebook. Leave a comment on Facebook under this posting on Facebook. I'll post the winners on Facebook on Saturday evening (est). To make it fun, the first two to guess the year I started teaching will win the two codes.