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“Dances for an iPhone” – a gem of an app…

Name of the app: Dances for an iPhone 3 (a.k.a. iDances 3)

Cost: Free!

About the app: the app is a collection of choreographic works created especially for iPhones and iPads. This is the third episode of the app, and previous renditions are currently unavailable. Recently iDances 4 came out, which is dedicated to Stephen Sondheim. More info can be found at dancesforaniphone.com.

Possible classroom applications: The app offers a salient alternative for performance reviews. Students can select one of the dances and write about the work in their journal or answer a prompt for an essay. Since many of the dances are performed by NYC dance icons, it’s also a valuable addition to biographies of them. Some of these icons are Carmen de Lavallade, Risa Steinberg, Deborah Jowitt, and Janis Brenner.

Pros: These days youth is obsessed with mobile devices and technology. This is a terrific way to build on their interests! iDances 3 is a worthy alternative to live performances, and can be used as the basis of dialogic conversation, written essays, and comp study classes.

Cons: Dance-for-film is a terrific medium that can integrate everyday-life and the performing arts. It baffles me that the videos all have been filmed in dance studios. What’s stopping the makers of this app (Riachard Daniels a.o.) to venture out to the streets and perform the dances on interesting NYC locations? Last but not least, these dances expire after a while. iDances 1 is currently unavailable, and iDances 2 will disappear soon as well!

Rating: 3 out of 5

Popplets for multi-modal reflection

Name of Application: Popplet

Cost: Free

Pros: Make web charts to organize and share ideas using words, pictures, and videos!

Cons: Web chart is not able to incorporate video or audio.

Describe how the app was used, including context:

I used this app with 5th graders in elementary school dance programs at PS253K with dance educator Jamee Schleifer and at PS506K with dance educator Lindsey Nicastro during school years ending 2013 and 2014. We had seven iPads during class. Students in small groups of students (four per group) constructed these Popplets, or web charts at recurring junctures in the curriculum. They used them to reflect, assimilate the material, organize their thinking, own the vocabulary, review what the ideas look like (by including pictures of each other), and to get a sense of how the elements of information in a unit were interrelated.

The Popplets were assigned as formative assessments for the teachers to find out what students remembered and whether or not they understood the context and/or the connectedness of ideas.


This app is wonderful. It’s easy to use and can help students reflect, review, and organize ideas with simple, playful graphics.

Number of Stars: * * * * *





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