Equity Maps - Premium 4+

Classroom Discussion Mapping

David Nelson

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 40 Ratings
    • $9.99

iPad Screenshots


v 5.1 – Improved feedback frames!
• Focus on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
• Watch their reactions when students or teachers see how much they spoke!

• Elevate the voices in your classroom -- help students to reflect & grow!
• Provide Instant Feedback – Nurture Reflection – Ignite Collaboration – Promote Equity
• Created by teachers, for teachers & their students.

Animated discussion maps & feedback frames are ideal for Socratic seminars, Spider Web™ & Harkness®(*) discussions, Literature Circles, Dialogic lesson designs, or anytime students interact.

Effortlessly chart & record students’ interactions to graphically illustrate levels & types of participation. The discussion maps, instant analytics & animated playback at multiple speeds spur deeper reflection!

What gets measured, gets improved. Create space for all voices to be heard!


• Up to 40 participants / group with unlimited seating options
• Quick edit feature- now on one screen
• Playback the discussion maps in real time or in fast forward
• Select & listen to any speaker & view notes linked to their participation
• Track student contributions with enhanced Checknotes & notations
• Access to 17 Checknote templates or customize them for yourself
• Individual / Group analytics – Include / Exclude participants from the data to see how the dynamics change
• Save classes & groups for easy access or import from .txt file
• Export data to CSV files to track data over time
• Easy Zoom integration for Virtual lessons


• Debrief w/students individually! Review contributions of any one student in the improved participant analytics: see each time the student spoke & playback what they said, or play from the person who spoke before/after, review notations for that student, participation data, or Checknotes… all on one screen!

• Give better student feedback! Take notes or write comments during the discussion that link to the speaker.

• Identify Markers: customize the groups w/n your class that you’d like to measure such as grade level, language level, race, seating area, or anything you’d like to see.

• Quick Edit Feature to set up your class much faster!


• Simply tap on the participants’ icons when they speak & Equity Maps will do the rest by visually charting the interactions & calculating levels of participation.

• Track the nature of each participants' contributions with Checknotes, choose among the 17 templates or create your own, or take notes during the discussion that attach to the speaker for review after.

• The “Feedback Frames” provide key statistics for teachers, students or group members: time spoken, times spoken, gender equity, or customize anything you’d like to measure.


• Enhance your Socratic Seminars, Literature Circles, Harkness®(*) discussions, or full classroom discussions
• Monitor & assess Common Core Speaking & Listening Standards, ATL, Dialogic lessons, or seminar criteria
• Promote student involvement & self-reflection
• Perfect for schools with VPP for 50% discount


• Encourage deeper reflection of your group’s goals, norms & processes
• Give your boss an Equity Check & share how equitable your last meeting was
• Critical Friends Group® coaches & facilitators (CFG work) or in PLCs


• Provide teachers an “image” of their classroom instruction like they’ve never seen before!
• Revitalize reflective practices for teachers, while reducing anxiety of post-observation meetings
• Make your classroom observations more meaningful & reflective


EquityMaps® is a registered trademark at the USPTO / U.S. Pat. No 10,553,129

*EquityMaps has been developed completely independent of Phillips Exeter Academy & is not affiliated in any way with the academy.

Critical Friends Group® is a registered trademark of the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF®)

What’s New

Version 5.1

-Add notes to speakers during map playback in feedback frames
-Easier input of identity markers
-Matching export file names 
-Cleaned out a few bugs

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

ChrisLeeHTX ,


If you use Harkness or Socratic style discussions, this app is a must have. This app easily tracks conversations, but there’s more to it than that. It records audio of conversations and you can match that in the app to the person who spoke. It has check marks that allows you to record qualities of contributions or type of contributions to the conversations such as “critical thinking” or “disruptive comment” east time a student speaks. There’s so much more. This data can be used in reflection to provide feedback to students and teachers alike. I can do some things this app does on paper, but this app does it better. The developer quickly replies to emails and requests as well.

OscarRuitt ,

Keeps Getting Better

This is the BEST discussion tracking/reflection app out there. I first used this app with a group of honors Language Arts 7th graders to log participation in Socratic Seminars. Students were engaged from the beginning, and were eager to see participation times and times spoken in the Feedback Frames section.

The ability to record and playback discussions is terrific, and the new features, like the non-binary person icon and class import from .txt are great.

TextExpander fan ,

Update - This is a quality app that does what it says it will do.

Updated review - The developer contacted me after my initial review. We discussed the problems I ran into. He offered short term fixes (they worked) and said he'd get his team to build more long term solutions into a revision. The app has been updated. Looks like the problems I experienced are gone.

The app itself has helped improve the discssions in my Zoom classes. I charted several discussion sessions and shared the results with my class. My goal is to get more people contributing in class. I played back the network graphic that shows who talks to whom (and supporting data about how long each person talks), and I noticed an immediate change in the class behavior. More people spoke; fewer people dominated discussions.

There is a bit of a cognitive load developing the muscle memory allowing you to attend to the discussion and map it. But the learning curve was not steep.

There is a lot one can do with this app; I’ve barely struck the surface of its capabilities. It might help to have someone assisting with the app while you are running the class. But in these distance learning plague days, that may not be possible.

Excellent app. Attentive customer service. Something that actually makes my classes better.

[Initial review] I like the idea of the app. I think it will get better. I use it with my 2020 iPad Pro to track conversations in seminars. It works fine for an hour or two. I found it has a tendency to crash when the seminar extends beyond a few hours and/or there are a lot of interactions among the seminar participants. I’ll stick with it for awhile. But i won’t yet rely on it.

App Privacy

The developer, David Nelson, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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