App of the Week – A+ Signature App


Cost: $2.29 but free from May 4 – May 8, 2016 (AppsGoneFree)

Version: 4.3, updated April 19, 2016

Size: 8.3 MB

A+ Signature – The Photo Annotation App is a time sensitive app if you don’t want to pay the $2.29 Cdn.  Getting an app for free is just icing on the cake to me.

This app is a “photo annotation app” that has many educational applications.  It is very easy to use and there is a very short video to show you the icons.

Taking a photo of the process of any student’s learning is a valuable way to capture information for formative assessment.  Adding words to the photo gives a teacher more information and a student more latitude to demonstrate a deeper understanding.

In the elementary classroom, taking photos of math problems with manipulatives and adding the number sentence or the student’s understanding of the problem would be a great use of the app.

In middle school, having students photograph images to demonstrate their metaphorical understanding of readings, poems or prose, would be an interesting use of this app.

And in a high school, having students look at authentic physics problems by photographing them or finding representations on the web is a great way to start conversations about how physics figures in their own environment.

This app has its limitations but it also has possibilities for any educator to introduce fun, conversation provoking images into any classroom.  And it is a very easy app to learn and teach.  Students would quickly pick it up and, perhaps, use it in other settings.

And, if you know me, you know that I will also say it is a great way to model responsible and respectful digital citizenship and that is a lesson that fits in the K-12 classroom everyday.





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