Age: High school (or any age that is studying one of the 14 poets)
Fun? It’s definitely a different way of looking at poetry. The production value, so to speak, is high for a free app. If you happen to be studying any of the 14 poets included, it’s going to be more fun than reading from a book.
Easy to Use? Like all iPad apps, it might take about two minutes of self-navigation to get your swipes and touches in line. After that, it’s easy.
Get the job done? For the somewhat limited number of poems it offers (being pretty critical), it does a great job. It’s nice to have an actor reading each one and the graphics and interface make it fun to use. I find when studying poetry with more advanced students that I want to go into more depth. There must just be something frightening about that simple text on a page because many students wind up either being afraid of it or not liking it (or both). This app could help.
If I had an iPad in class I’d
1) Teach the poems in the app. They’re good poets and a good variety. Work them in.
2) Have students make a similar project for a poem using the app as a model, especially with access to video equipment.
Use it in a cool way? Tell us about it in the comments.
Final Grade: 3.0