Teacher Review For Paper by FiftyThree

Paper by Fifty Three is not just for Art teachers!

Marla Kay D.
Classroom teacher
Forest Lake Education Center
Longwood, FL
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I love Paper by 53! At first, I used it myself for both school and personal projects. Then, the brainstorm hit and I thought, "Why not use this in class?" I teach middle school Literature and Writing classes, a perfect fit for this app! Pro: Students love capturing their ideas and illustrations in what looks like a writing journal. Students will be engaged to the max! If you have students who like the feel or "real" paper...this app can work for them too. Ideas and projects are easy to share with the whole class via an Apple TV/ Interactive Board. What about vocabulary study? Have students draw and show word meanings / illustrations. This is so much more fun than just doing it on notepaper! Con: There are some in-app purchases that can be made. I would suggest getting the writing tool, as it works a bit better for writing,than the drawing tools. Multiple log in's are not an option, so if students are using the same device, they will have access to other student's notebooks.
My Take
I love Paper 53 as a teaching tool. Students on the whole, have "grown up" learning with screens, and are very comfortable with digital books and drawings. For those students who are not, Paper 53 looks like a notebook upon which you can write with a "pencil". ( "Real" pencils are available to purchase...that also have "erasers" on them.) Students have written books, taken notes and illustrations while moving through a Literature unit. This is an engaging tool to use, especially when the class needs something new and different during those winter months!