Reviews by Joel Arnold
November 15, 2018  | 11:39 PM   |    Good (4)
This is big time saver and will change the way I teach.

To be honest, I was initially disappointed when I bought this. You will find that pictures are repeated and it can sometimes get tedious to keep on seeing the same things come up. Of course it is not yet complete, though it already includes the gospels and Acts which is the main thing needed. And a number of the pictures already exist in the other Accordance modules.

What I've realized with further time is that this module is basically a ...
This is big time saver and will change the way I teach.

To be honest, I was initially disappointed when I bought this. You will find that pictures are repeated and it can sometimes get tedious to keep on seeing the same things come up. Of course it is not yet complete, though it already includes the gospels and Acts which is the main thing needed. And a number of the pictures already exist in the other Accordance modules.

What I've realized with further time is that this module is basically a time saver and a tool for teaching. In the middle of a lecture I'm not going to start clicking through the photo to find a picture of a specific place. If I can get something up in 5 seconds, I'll do it; otherwise no go. This resource generally gives me what I want in that spot in a split second. If the verse mentions a location, they usually have a map there with that spot highlighted and a few pictures of the place. That lets me show students what I need and keep on rolling without distraction. Also it's a fabulous solution to the problem of showing maps when teaching from the iPad. So if you recognize that you aren't buying a ground-breaking exegetical tool or lots of new content you'll love it. It's a teaching aid. It saves you time and trouble. It gets stuff up on the screen in two taps and then you can move on. That's worth it.

Suggestions. Obviously finishing out the other books but that'll come with time. I think it would be good to not repeat the same pictures quite so much. Examples would be every instance of the Torah or the Scriptures. Same picture each time. It does get tiresome. Maybe just give us a link instead...?

Every long once in awhile there's an awkward picture (Bathsheba in Matt 1) that I'm embarrassed to have pop up in front of my class while scrolling. So there's that.

Over all, I'm very glad to have this on my iPad and will definitely be using it often.
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December 24, 2015  |  8:57 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
Very impressed with my initial use. I'll just echo most of what Dustin said below—excellent review. The biggest thing that sticks out to me is also the mystifying inability to print the diagrams. In my case I bought this for my Greek class but always teach from my iPad. I wasn't worried about the understandable inability to run this module on iOS—"I'll just print to a PDF." Except I can't. I think I'm going to be reduced to screen shots unfortunately. So the ability to print would be f ...
Very impressed with my initial use. I'll just echo most of what Dustin said below—excellent review. The biggest thing that sticks out to me is also the mystifying inability to print the diagrams. In my case I bought this for my Greek class but always teach from my iPad. I wasn't worried about the understandable inability to run this module on iOS—"I'll just print to a PDF." Except I can't. I think I'm going to be reduced to screen shots unfortunately. So the ability to print would be fantastic.

Someday it would also be cool if the text was tagged. But in my opinion that ranks further down the list than the basic printing functionality.

For the price of this resource and recognizing the work involved in creating it, this is a tremendous value. It's particularly ideal for Greek teachers or Greek students.
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