CONCEPT: A dynamic reader enhanced with tools designed to enhance and develop student’s active reading and study skills!
DELIVERY: When an era of information abundance, students can often feel overwhelmed by the amount of information that they are presented with. At the heart of the 21st century is the understanding that learning must be student-centered. How then do we help students organize their information so that they can be ready to come to class and apply their knowledge? Furthermore with schools moving towards the Common Core and requiring students be close readers who analyze and break down text, teachers are looking for tools that will support them as they work with students through this process. Well look no further and say hello to Synopsis! Synopsis is a dynamic interactive reader with tools designed to enhance and develop student’s active reading and study skills.
Synopsis has four key areas
An interactive reader
Flash card creator
Synopsis creates an environment where students will naturally be inclined to be active readers who move beyond consumption of information and work with the material to transform their understanding through the tools provided. Highlighted portions of the text are converted into individual notes, which students can find in the library section. Documents can be opened from cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and many others.
While students are reviewing their notes they can create flashcards from them and the intuitive gestures make the creation of these study tools very easy to use! Often times when we hear the word “flashcards” we often think of just a term and its definition. Synopsis redefines the use of a flashcard by providing tools that allow the user to interact and create flashcards from the text in unique ways.
Furthermore, Synopsis allows students a variety of options when working with the cards they create that can work with a variety of activities limited only to your imagination. For example students can use the flashcards to create questions or group them into topics with a header. If students are researching articles for a paper they can create cards where they paraphrase the information they want to use, creating headers to group the information to align with the different sections of their paper. This is a great way to work with students through the process of synthesizing, evaluating and analyzing information.
Notes created by students can be shared with others allowing students to compare and contrast key ideas that resonated with them which can lead to great discussions. Synopsis will upload the annotated document to the cloud and ask you whether you would like to make a new copy or update the original document. Furthermore notes that are highlighted can be organized in your library where you can create custom folders where you can add in any of your documents from any of your cloud connections. Once created these flashcards can be viewed on any device.
LIMITATIONS: For students who are visual learners it would be quite helpful to have a drawing option on the flashcards so that students have a variety of ways to transform text into what is meaningful for them. If you want to remove the adds you will have to get the paid version of the app.
CONCLUSION: Overall Synopsis is an exciting tool to introduce into your toolkit as you begin the new school year, especially if you are a school that is moving towards the Common Core. 4/5
Great study tool to review important concepts from readings
Organize content for research papers
Collaborate with friends to prepare for exams
Track new words/definition and challenge yourself to use them
Have students identify key vocabulary words by looking at the context clues to create their own definition
Analyze readings by identifying themes, characters, settings etc