The most difficult part of teaching is remembering the “ah ha” moments when the student does something memorable. Or when the teacher is trying to work with each child individually during a writing, reading or math conference AND then to remember what was actually said and trying to decipher the notes that were written.
The hardest part is describing that moment and then illustrating it so that the parents can understand how their child is performing. In addition, to using this information to show other service providers and to use for future documentation in order to design lessons.
the chronicle app has several features that provide the teacher with the assistance to design individual lesson plans for each of their students. These activities show the teacher each individual students picture, data and their entire educational story. The teacher has the ability to color code the data and set it up a manner that makes sense to the teacher. In addition, the teacher has a number of tutorials via the YouTube link in order to decipher how each section can be used in the app.
The activities are documented, but the teacher can record the information by adding photos and/or videos that can be stored and/or send to various individuals. The teacher can use this portion to define educational and behavioral issues that occur in the classroom. This allows the teacher to view what happen at a later date or to verify notes that the teachers take during the course of the day. This can be viewed collectively of individually.
I have used this app for students in my classroom. The set up of the app takes some time to get used to, as well as, determining what types of information which needs to be documented and stored in the app. In addition, common core standards, data from a previous teacher and back up data can be stored in Google and Dropbox. This app is very handy and provides a lot of good information at your fingertips. My one real criticism is that the app does not work well unless it is in a landscape position. I have my iPad on a keyboard so that it is difficult to put it in a portrait position. I hope this aspect is taken care of in the future.
The bottom line is that I do support and recommend this app as a great tool for educators. The price of $20 may seem high for an app, however, the majority of other lesson planning apps do cost less (the highest I found was $12), but this is a yearly fee.
DISCLAIMER: This review was written in exchange for the app. However, the review is based on an honest opinion by the reviewer.