App Selection by Gail Lovely

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  • As we work to develop a criteria for the selection of apps for learners 3 - 7 years of age. The intended bias is for apps which are not just tools for learning something, but for practicing or learning things we value.
  • App Selection by Gail Lovely

    1. 1. Is free best? Selecting Apps for Early Learning Gail LovelyGail@GailLovely.com LovelyLearning.com Gail@GailLovely.com
    2. 2. The App Store…Like a box of chocolate
    3. 3. The App Store…A HUGE box of chocolate
    4. 4. SOME STATS…http://148apps.biz/app-store-metrics/ Apps available for download: 659,936 Education Category: 65,530 (active) Average App price: $1.99
    5. 5. What are the numbers? From 2009 to 2011 apps for toddlers - elementary school have grown from 47% to 72% of the education collection*.Gail@GailLovely.com *(iTunes)
    6. 6. Price…  Free? Really?Gail@GailLovely.com
    7. 7. “All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching?” Nicholas Johnson
    8. 8. Educational Criteria  Teach or practice curriculum or skills of value  Create evidence of knowledge or skills  Produce materials to learn with or from  More than CUTE, ENGAGING, FUN.Gail@GailLovely.com
    9. 9. Apps and Application of Apps Educational researchers and practitioners alike assert that the potential of new technologies for learning is likely to be found not in the technologies themselves but in the way in which these technologies are used as tools for learning (Means & Olson, 1995; Owston, 1997; Valdez et al., 1999).Gail@GailLovely.com From NCREL: http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/content/cntareas/reading/li300.htm
    10. 10. Gail@GailLovely.com Book Creator
    11. 11. “Don’t bring in an elephant to teach the color gray.” - Madeleine Hunter
    12. 12. Educational Criteria  Ability to play well with other files and apps  Appropriate learning curve  Useability Let’s Look at Some!Gail@GailLovely.com
    13. 13. Gail@GailLovely.com StoryKit
    14. 14. Additionally – format matters  Does the app consider multiple users? Bluster and Futaba are examples of this…Gail@GailLovely.com
    15. 15. Additionally – strategy matters Does the app target the users appropriately? Toontastic is a wonderful example of this…Gail@GailLovely.com
    16. 16. App Selection  A few “technical” things to look for…Gail@GailLovely.com
    17. 17. Technical Criteria  Ability to get files off device  Screenchomp (free) ◦ Output to link on their site (with ads) ◦ On the iPad on which it was made  Explain Everything ($2.99) ◦ Output to: Email, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, YouTub e…Gail@GailLovely.com
    18. 18. You HAVE to be Careful…  There is a reason 30% of apps are opened only once.Gail@GailLovely.com
    19. 19. Gail@GailLovely.com Reading Level MisMatchScreenshot from Casey’s Contraptions
    20. 20. Confusing…?Gail@GailLovely.com Screenshots from Live ABC
    21. 21. Photoshake… really?  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/p hotoshake!/id389104355?mt=8Gail@GailLovely.com
    22. 22. Gail@GailLovely.com Lets Look…
    23. 23. ExamplesDropBox My favorite file management andsharing tool… all platforms (free)Audioboo Audio recording on ALL platformsincluding web (free)Explain Everything Annotate on almost anything,voice, draw, etc ($2.99)
    24. 24. And More!Zapd Almost instant image-rich websites– photo blogs (free)Zapper Scanner The best QR code reader andcreator so far! (free for now)Sling Note Best tool for capturing parts ofwebsites, annotating, etc! ($2.99)
    25. 25. A couple more…Little Solver Preschool Logic problem solving using matrixanalogies (.99)Futaba A reading game – worthupgrading to paid version ($2.99)Book Creator My current favorite book makingtool. ($4.99)
    26. 26. Just a few more?ArtSetA full collection of art tools yet easyto use. (.99)Fotopedia – HeritageAmazing images from World HeritageSites (free)I learn with… Boingo Ice LandAdventuresAn interesting concept… (2.99)
    27. 27. Apps by Blooms Taxonomy  http://www.edutopia.org/ipad- apps-elementary-blooms- taxomony-diane-darrowGail@GailLovely.com
    28. 28. Apps by Bloom’s Taxonomy  http://www.schrockguide.net/bloo min-apps.htmlGail@GailLovely.com
    29. 29. Apps by Student Action  http://edtechteacher.org/index.p hp/teaching-technology/mobile- technology-apps/ipad-asGail@GailLovely.com
    30. 30. App Selection  Places to hear from others  http://www.tcea.org/ipad  http://www.tcea.org/documents/ PD/TCEA%20App%20Evaluation%2 0Rubric.pdfGail@GailLovely.com
    31. 31. App Selection  Places to hear from others  http://www.iear.org/Gail@GailLovely.com
    32. 32. Reviewers of Apps Children’s Technology Review - http://childrenstech.com/ Common Sense Media - http://www.commonsensemedia.org/ Also educators on Pinterest and Twitter and User Ratings (in the store orGail@GailLovely.com marketplace)
    33. 33. App Selection  Places to hear from others  http://teachwithyouripad.wikispac es.com/iPAD+Apps  http://www.techchef4u.com/Gail@GailLovely.com
    34. 34. App Selection  http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/sur prisinglyeduappsGail@GailLovely.com
    35. 35. Android…  Not my area of expertise, but here is the best resource I know:  http://www.android4schools.com/Gail@GailLovely.com
    36. 36. Thanks for your interest in choosing the BEST for our children!  Gail Lovely  Gail@GailLovely.com  http://LovelyLearning.comGail@GailLovely.com
    37. 37. Thanks Gail LovelyWe do it for them, it is their world. Gail@GailLovely.com

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