Poe

Free! Poe provides users with a word-processing program that only includes basic functions. These functions include copy and paste, undo, spell checker, and select all. Poe links directly to OneDrive and other cloud-based storage programs such as Dropbox, and it only uses plain-text files. Other advanced features of Poe include a “Lookups” link, from which users can choose online tools and resources (e.g., Wikipedia, Dictionary.com, and Google Translate, among others), a “Find” option, from which users can search a document for a specific word, and a “Word Count etc.” option that tracks statistics about the document. Lastly, Poe connects to users’ printers,…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6.7
B. Design - 8
C. Engagement - 6.3

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Poe: A Best App for Writing

Summary : A Basic Word Processing App

Poe provides users with a word-processing program that only includes basic functions. These functions include copy and paste, undo, spell checker, and select all. Poe links directly to OneDrive and other cloud-based storage programs such as Dropbox, and it only uses plain-text files. Other advanced features of Poe include a “Lookups” link, from which users can choose online tools and resources (e.g., Wikipedia, Dictionary.com, and Google Translate, among others), a “Find” option, from which users can search a document for a specific word, and a “Word Count etc.” option that tracks statistics about the document. Lastly, Poe connects to users’ printers, and users can connect to its companion website at http://roryok.com/poe/.

Instructional Ideas

  1. With its distraction-free interface, this app provides users with an ideal environment for composing journals. To create a journaling experience, teachers can project a prompt and instruct students to compose a response using this app. Next, students can save their journal entry to a cloud. Finally, students can either add the journal to a portfolio stored in their cloud or email it to their teacher.
  2. When listening to a lecture or viewing a movie, teachers can have students jot down notes using this app and then store them to their cloud.
  3. When learning new vocabulary words, teachers can have students compile a list of words using this app. Then, if students do not know a word’s meaning, they can easily link to an online resource listed in this app’s “Lookups” feature to define it.
  4. Teachers can use this app when assigning students a creative or academic writing assignment, which requires them to compose a specific amount of words. As students write, they will be able to track their word count with the “Word Count etc.” feature and research various information using the “Lookups” feature.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

Screenshots

The app was not found in the store. 🙁