Chart & record the interaction of students or colleagues to measure & graphically illustrate levels & types of participation. The instant analytics & animated playback at multiple speeds will help spur discussion & engage everyone in deeper reflection!
Effortlessly trace and assess your students' interaction, performance, and involvement! Classroom discussions, meeting debriefs, & post-observations will never be the same again!
With EquityMaps®, you can promote wider collaboration, engage students, and nurture reflection of teachers and students alike.
Track the nature of each participants' contributions with CheckNotes, available in the Premium version--gain access to 17 templates or create your own.
REFLECTIVE DATA AT YOUR FINGERTIPS:
• Simply tap on the participants’ icons when they speak and Equity Maps will do the rest by visually charting the interactions and calculating levels of participation for your group or class.
• “Playback” the diagram of interactions among participants in real time or in fast forward mode at various speeds.
• Use the record audio function and access selectable playback of individual participants to review your class or meeting—powerful for taking audio notes, or for reflecting on the dialogue of the group.
• The “Feedback Frames” provide key statistics for teachers, students or group members:
-Display statistics of total time and frequency spoken for all participants.
-Measure involvement based on gender within the class or group.
-View statistics of shared time and involvement.
-Premium Version - Quickly see characteristics of each participant's actions with Check Notes.
• Enhance your Socratic Seminars, Literature Circles, group discussions, Harkness®(*) discussions, or full classroom discussions.
• Monitor & assess Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards, ATL, or seminar criteria.
• Promote student involvement and self-reflection.
• Easily assess student participation and now even the nature of their contributions.
FACILITATORS AND GROUP LEADERS:
• Encourage deeper reflection of your group’s goals, norms and processes.
• Equity Maps is ideal for your collaborative work:
- Critical Friends Group® coaches & facilitators (CFG work)
- Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
- Collaborative groups and committees
ADMINISTRATORS AND INSTRUCTIONAL COACHES:
• Provide teachers with a visual perspective of their classroom instruction like they’ve never seen before!
• Revitalize reflective practices for teachers, present objective data to improve the scope and reduce anxiety of post-observation meetings.
• Make your classroom observations truly more meaningful and reflective.
• Gather objective data and access the “Feedback Frames” for deeper discussions about instructional practices, student involvement and classroom equity.
• Quickly set-up your class or meeting.
• Customize your own class layout in “class mode”—circles or semicircles.
• Select from a variety of table arrangements.
• Save classes and groups for easy access.
*The Premium Version is available with In-App purchase and currently adds the following features:
•Add up to 40 Participants
•Utilize the Checknotes function to track characteristics of participants' contributions
• Includes 17 Checknote templates / create custom templates too!
• Access additional data in the feedback frames
•Secure access to all future premium updates that are planned through to V3.
• Coming soon - Add custom tables !
At Equity Maps we believe that true collaboration is possible only when diverse groups of people come together in dialogue to inquire, create, problem solve, and innovate!
EquityMaps® is a registered trademark at the USPTO.
*EquityMaps has been developed completely independent of Phillips Exeter Academy and is not affiliated in any way with the academy.
Critical Friends Group® is a registered trademark of the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF®)
Improved Checknotes - easier to share the characteristics of students' participation
View Checknotes in List mode or Graph layout
Fixed bug with Feedback frame menu access
Preparing background work for custom table setting feature - coming soon!
Ratings and Reviews
Love almost everything, but...
I'm looking forward to using this in the Harkness discussions in my English class this year, however, there are two features I would love to see developed in the future. First, the ability to produce a shareable report from the analytics to include with my students' rubrics so that they know what to work on would be really helpful. Second, I usually take notes on what each individual student contributes; it would be great it that were an option when clicking on the check notes for each participant. Otherwise, this app has some terrific features!
Streamlines Harkness Discussions Like No Other
WIth so many educational apps out there trying to capture every piece of the app market by including social media functions that operate like shoddy Facebook or Instagram clones or focusing their products entirely on the teacher/parent relationship, it is so refreshing to see an app like Equity Maps.
The beauty of Equity Maps is that it has a clear purpose, vision, and utility for classroom teachers. I actually went to the Phillips Exeter Humanities Institute this past summer, which is a week of professional development for humanities teachers at Phillips Exeter Academy focused entirely on learning how to apply the Harkness method (from the school that invented it!) to one’s curriculum, and several teachers had just recently discovered Equity Maps and were raving about it. After we tried it out for a few Harkness discussion sections, I was completely hooked and couldn’t wait to take it back to my school.
This app makes all of those discussion mapping worksheets and the difficulty of then copying, distributing, and breaking down the information in said worksheets a thing of the past. The fact that the app also includes data points for looking at the distribution of participation between men and women is also incredibly helpful for aiding with those difficult conversations one should have with male students about not dominating the discussion in a room (even though society teaches to do it). Hopefully, Equity Maps plan to expand the gender choices to include trans and genderqueer students who my be uncomfortable with being labeled as either male or female (at this point, I just have a conversation with my classes about using this app with chosen pronouns in mind until that update comes around).
My students LOVE seeing the replay of the discussion happen in real time and figuring out how many minutes they talked vs their peers. The ability to show the various checknotes (which are tags you can apply to certain students who make certain types of comments) is also incredibly helpful for making students aware of their trends and notifying the class of ways that the group as a whole could improve or focus next time.
If you’re a teacher whose classes are largely discussion-based (I teach English and Creative Writing at the high school level, so it is a must!), this app will change your teaching experience and save you ridiculous amounts of time and energy. The kids think it’s cool too!
This Checknote feature will be perfect for our intermediate teachers as their students work in literature circles. Can't wait to share it when school starts. Thanks for hearing our suggestions.
Developer Response ,
We're continuing to make improvements with the Checknotes to help improve your lit circles even more. Here's to the school year!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.