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

Subjects & skills
  • English Language Arts
  • Math

  • Critical Thinking
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
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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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Amanda Bindel Classroom teacher

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Rachel B. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Simple and easy to use
This is a very simple Venn Diagram app. It's design is not geared to any particular level, so it works in elementary, middle, and high school. It is especially helpful for students who have trouble drawing their own Venn Diagrams, or those who simply run out of space in their work. Students also have an easy way to store and save their work so that they do not lose it in the long run. When it came to using the item description box, many of them would use it to elaborate on their original label. It does help if students are familiar with the iPad and the keyboard, and have a basic understanding of what the app does. For students who do not, it would be best to give them a print out of a Venn Diagram instead. It would also be nice if there were a way to move around the titles for each circle, and give each diagram a name overall. My students were confused when they could not do this, as it had been a requirement any other time they created a Venn Diagram. Overall, it's a decent little app, and a good way to use technology to rope in the hesitant writers. Some may prefer being able to create their work on the iPad rather than on pencil and paper. Read full review