How I Use It
My students use Front Row once or twice a week in blocks of 15-20 minutes. I use the app to provide additional practice of the concepts we are covering that week or to review what has been covered previously. Prior to Front Row there would be 1 or 2 days a week my students would have a paper review assignment but now this review period is covered by Front Row. I can easily assign students a particular standard to work on, or they can work at their own level within one of the CC strands of math. Before starting a CC strand (geometry, measurement, etc) students take a short quiz to determine their current level of understanding. From that point on the app advances them through the levels as they master them. In my 2nd grade classroom I have students working anywhere from a K level to a 5th grade level. This app makes it very easy for me to provide that specific level of differentiation compared to the past when I would have 3 levels of an assignment.
I also have students read articles on a weekly basis. Students can read articles I assign or choose their own article from a variety of topics at their reading level. After reading they answer multiple choice questions.
Front Row allows students to write on the iPad surface as they solve problems so there's no need to have paper and pencil at the same time. There are hints and videos available to view when a student gets stuck, so no more waiting for me to be available. I also like that Front Row has paper assignments available for all the math so if a student is absent or I want to assign homework I can create leveled assignments for each student with a couple clicks. Students enjoy the optional trips to the store as a means of taking a break and they love seeing coins added to their bank as they solve problems correctly. It's a good mix of multiple choice and fill-in and the interface is clear and easy to view, even for a student I have with a vision impairment. There is also a read aloud feature for students who need it.
The reading articles are helpful for reinforcing comprehension strategies.