Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2013
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Venn Diagram

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Create classic Venn diagrams with up to three circles

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Pros: Multiple user accounts can be created on one device.

Cons: Titles of circles can't be moved.

Bottom Line: Pen-and-paper creation is actually less cumbersome.

Use Venn Diagram, the app, as you would use printed Venn diagrams. In math, use the diagrams for finding GCF and LCM; in ELA and other content areas, use them for comparing and contrasting and as a graphic organizer for pre-writing. Venn Diagram is good for demonstration and whole-class brainstorming using a SmartBoard. You can type in an item and then discuss and think aloud about where in the diagram the item should go. The process of entering each item slows down the creation process, so giving kids the option of using the app or pen and paper when they create their own Venn diagrams would be more empowering. Detailed lesson plans showing how teachers use the app in class are on the app's page at ReadWriteThink.

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Venn Diagram lets students create Venn diagram graphic organizers on a mobile device and share them via email or by printing them. Multiple user accounts can be set up on each device, so kids start by selecting or creating a profile and then naming the project. Two circles pop up by default, but a third can be added. Circle sizes can be adjusted, and colors can be customized. To add an item to a diagram, students hit +New Item, add the label and optional description, choose font size from small, medium, or large, and then hit the check mark. The label appears on the screen and can be dragged to the right spot on the diagram. Listed items can be dragged and dropped anywhere on-screen -- within circles, within the overlap, or outside the circles -- but once placed, the labels naming the circles can't be moved. When finished, the diagram can be saved as a draft (and continued later), saved as a final PDF, or shared as a PDF via email. The saved PDF is kept in the camera roll and can be printed. The completed Venn diagram page includes the logos for ReadWriteThink, NCTE, Thinkfinity by Verizon, and the International Reading Association at the bottom of the document.

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Venn Diagram creates attractive diagrams that can be shared or printed, but the process, although easy, is still more cumbersome than just using pen and paper. Graphic organizers are wonderful tools for pre-writing and for organizing ideas for writing and other content areas, and diagrams created with Venn Diagram work the same as traditional Venn diagrams. For students who are motivated by working with technology or those with learning or handwriting issues, or when paper use is an issue, the app might be a better choice than the traditional pen-and-paper option. For most, Venn Diagram may seem like an unnecessary use of technology.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Kids can select the colors of their Venn diagram circles, but not much choice is available beyond that. This straightforward tool relies on the content put into the diagrams to engage students.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Venn diagrams are a well-used learning tool in many content areas; this iPad version is simply an electronic way to create the classic organizer.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

ReadWriteThink includes lesson plan ideas using Venn Diagram. Written instructions explain the commands, although the interface is intuitive.

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Stacie T. , Other
Hanover County Public Schools
Ashland, VA
Go Digital with Venn Diagram - Simple, but more time!

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.

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