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Confer [App Spotlight]

July 12, 2012

The single most life-changing app I’ve found so far is the powerful notetaking and student tracking app Confer.  In past years, I had multiple clipboards (one for each class) with a fan of index cards affixed with Scotch tape to take notes on each individual student.  This method limited my ability to effectively take notes and quickly became a logistical nightmare when trying to make sure I visited students with the same frequency.

My favorite features of Confer include the ability to sort student notes by date to ensure I’m visiting students who have waited the longest for a conference.  I also appreciate the ability to make group notes to keep track of small group interventions for individual students, even if the groups themselves are flexible.  You can also create tags for notes, which adds convenient flexibility to classes that incorporate small group, whole group, individual, and other interventions.

There is a ConferLite version available in the iTunes store for free.  It allows you to create a limited number of students and notes, which is a nice way to be able to test out whether or not the app will work for you in your classroom.

Confer is on my personal must-have list of teacher apps!

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  1. September 2, 2012 4:17 pm

    So glad you’re liking Confer!! Thanks for the great review. Hope September is starting well for you!

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