Tony Vincent recently introduced me to 30 Hands. Early in the week I gave students a chance to explore the app and compare it to Sonic Pics, which we had been using up to that point. They used Tools4Students compare/contrast for their analysis.
To review the skills of retell and remembering detail from a reading, students used Educreations, 30 Hands, or Sonic Pics to retell a story they had read the previous day. For 1st graders it was Johnny Appleseed and for 2nd graders it was A Pocket for Corduroy.
We also used Edward de Bono's 6 Thinking Hats strategy as a way of looking at the 2 books. Pairs of students were each assigned a hat color and they created 2 pages in Story Buddy to answer 2 questions I asked them about their particular hat color. For example, the 2nd grade green hat pair had to explain an object that could do the same job as a pocket and they also had decide what the girl could make next for Corduroy. Unfortunately an over-eager helper deleted these books before they could be transferred off the iPads. We'll be doing more with 6 Thinking Hats in the coming weeks.