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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.
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    • 1. Are Tablets a Prescription for Learning? Evaluating Apps for Early Learning Gail
    • 2. The App Store…Like a box of chocolate
    • 3. The App Store…A HUGE box of chocolate
    • 4. SOME STATS… Apps available for download: 659,936 Education Category: 65,530 (active) Average App price: $1.99
    • 5. What are the numbers? From 2009 to 2011 apps for toddlers - elementary school have grown from 47% to 72% of the education collection* *(iTunes)
    • 6. Price…  Free? Really?
    • 7. “All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching?” Nicholas Johnson
    • 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,
    • 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) From NCREL:
    • 10. Book Creator
    • 11. “Don’t bring in an elephant to teach the color gray.” - Madeleine Hunter
    • 12. Educational Criteria  Ability to play well with other files and apps  Appropriate learning curve  Useability Let’s Look at Some!
    • 13. StoryKit
    • 14. Additionally – format matters  Does the app consider multiple users? Bluster and Futaba are examples of this…
    • 15. Additionally – strategy matters Does the app target the users appropriately? Toontastic is a wonderful example of this…
    • 16. App Selection  A few “technical” things to look for…
    • 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, YouTube…
    • 18. You HAVE to be Careful…  There is a reason 30% of apps are opened only
    • 19. Reading Level MisMatchScreenshot from Casey’s Contraptions
    • 20. Confusing…? Screenshots from Live ABC
    • 21. Photoshake… really?  hotoshake!/id389104355?
    • 22. Lets Look…
    • 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. 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. 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. 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. Apps by Blooms Taxonomy  apps-elementary-blooms-
    • 28. Apps by Bloom’s Taxonomy 
    • 29. Apps by Student Action  hp/teaching-technology/mobile- technology-apps/
    • 30. App Selection  Places to hear from others   PD/TCEA%20App%20Evaluation%2
    • 31. App Selection  Places to hear from others 
    • 32. Reviewers of Apps Children’s Technology Review - Common Sense Media - Also educators on Pinterest and Twitter and User Ratings (in the store marketplace)
    • 33. App Selection  Places to hear from others  http://teachwithyouripad.wikispac 
    • 34. App Selection 
    • 35. Android…  Not my area of expertise, but here is the best resource I know: 
    • 36. Thanks for your interest in choosing the BEST for our children!  Gail Lovely  
    • 37. Download a PDF version … Or follow this and choose “Selecting Apps”