The idea of the student card came from baseball cards. When I was a kid I collected them and could recite the players statistics that were printed on the back of the cards of my favorite players.
I liked the idea of a visual representation of each student and as I planned the app, I always had the idea of a student card in mind.
This led to the concept of a color coded top along with the date of the last conference with the student. By color coding the top, a teacher can quickly determine if they need to conference with the student.
- Green means the teacher conferenced with the student in the last 10 days.
- Yellow means the teacher has conferenced with the student between 11 and 24 days ago.
- Red means the teacher has not conferenced with the student for 25 days or longer.
The ability to have the iPad sort the cards (in this case by reading conference date) allows the teacher to see easily who needs a reading conference. This hopefully allows the teacher to efficiently plan out their reading conferences.
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know in the comments.