Gail Lovely tech forum Introduction

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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.
  • Gail Lovely tech forum Introduction

    1. 1. App-solutely Useful Apps by Gail Lovely Gail@GailLovely.com
    2. 2. The App Store… Like a box of chocolates… Like a box of chocolateGail@GailLovely.com
    3. 3. Some stats… Apps available for download: 659,936 Education Category: 65,530 (active) Average App price: $1.99 http://148apps.biz/app-store-metrics/Gail@GailLovely.com
    4. 4. What are the numbers? From 2009 to 2011 apps for toddlers - elementary school have grown from 47% to 72% of the iTunes education collection. *(iTunes)Gail@GailLovely.com
    5. 5. Price… Free? Really?Gail@GailLovely.com
    6. 6. Clash of Clans – a “free” app
    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.
    9. 9. But, cute is okay too.• Teach or practice curriculum or skills of value• Create evidence of knowledge or skills But• Produce materials to learn with or from• More than CUTE, ENGAGING, FUN.
    10. 10. You HAVE to be Careful…There is a reason 30% of apps are opened only once.
    11. 11. Reading Level MismatchScreenshot from Casey’s Contraptions
    12. 12. Confusing…? Screenshots from Live ABC
    13. 13. Photoshake… really?Gail@GailLovely.com
    14. 14. Technical CriteriaAbility to get files off deviceScreenchomp (free) – Output to link on their site (with ads) – On the iPad on which it was madeExplain Everything ($2.99) – Output to: Email, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, YouTube…
    15. 15. Screenchomp (free)Fileformats?
    16. 16. Explain Everything
    17. 17. Explain Everything
    18. 18. 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: http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/content/cntareas/reading/li300.htm
    19. 19. Gail@GailLovely.com
    20. 20. Additional Criteria• Ability to play well with other files and apps• Appropriate learning curve• Useability
    21. 21. “Don’t bring in an elephant to teach the color gray.” Madeleine Hunter
    22. 22. StoryKit
    23. 23. Book Creator
    24. 24. Format mattersDoes the app consider multiple users?Bluster and Futabaare examples of this…
    25. 25. Pedagogy and Strategy matterDoes the app target the usersappropriately?Toontastic
    26. 26. Lets Look…Gail@GailLovely.com

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