How I Use It
Venn Diagrams are nothing new to teachers. The International Reading Association has a series of apps that are similar to their web-based counterparts available for mobile devices including Venn Diagram. I have used this app with students to help them compare and contrast two or three different concepts, ideas or things as you can have a two circle or three circle diagram. This is a very simply, easy to use app. You can kick it up a notch by including this app as one part of the learning process as they first will compare/contrast two or three ideas and then evaluate and make judgements based on what they put into the Venn Diagram. The Venn Diagram can be app-smashed with another app that allows students to record narration overtop justifying their decision. Example: ChatterPix, Seesaw, Tellagami, Explain Everything, etc. Students can add their Venn Diagram to a final "show what you know" app like Haiku Deck or Shadow Puppet Edu demonstrating their thoughts or the process they went through to draw certain conclusions. Although a low-level use of technology, help increase engagement and time on task among your reluctant students by using Venn Diagram.
While this app is easy to use, it probably will take your students longer to complete it digitally than paper/pencil. That's when you ask yourself, is the effort worth the impact? Does using this app transform the learning? In most cases, the answer is no. That's when you can think about how you can extend the learning making students think more critically about the content they are learning by using the suggestion above regarding app-smashing. I do like the fact that the app does allow you to save work and complete it later. You can have multiple students working on the same device and still save individual student work. Not many apps do this. If you're worried about losing papers, Venn Diagram helps tremendously by keeping everything digital. If you're wanting additional resources for BYOD, Venn Diagram can help as it's available on iOS and Android devices as well as being a web-based app. If you're needing an alternative for students who are reluctant writers or who have a "typing" accommodation, Venn Diagram can help.