Emotionary, by app developer Me.Mu, is a unique journaling software for students that provides many different ways for students to express themselves. A student can put in their name and birth date, as well as their picture and if they are a boy or girl. A diary then pulls up in order to add new entries to the diary or view entries that have already been made. Settings allow for a passcode to be set so entries area not erased. The entry starts with a choice of six different “feeling” faces to choose from. Next, the student can take a picture of her or himself with that feeling. Other choices are recording the feelings of the day with playback available. Photos can be accessed to show details of student’s feelings. Typing an entry is also another option for explaining feelings.
This has been a really wonderful way for my students to use a variety of ways to show what they are feeling and one student, in fact, has begun to enter his information on his own before he starts his assignment for the day. While the intended target is children with special needs and especially those on the autism spectrum, this app would be very useful to use with all types of students. Best of all, you can download this app in the App Store for free.
About the Author
Ann Francis is a die hard special education teacher of who believes everyone can learn. She has been using iPads in the classroom for three years and it has totally changed the way she instructs. Ann also offers professional development on collecting data with apps, training teachers on apps and using the iPad.