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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.
  • Great Tools by Gail Lovely

    1. 1. Great Tools forKids and Schools by Gail LovelyGail@GailLovely.com
    2. 2. Web 2.0 Tools… a few. Just a few…
    3. 3. Textivate http://www.textivate.com/ http://www.textivate.com/menu-2ddjn1
    4. 4. Inklewriter http://writer.inklestudios.com/
    5. 5. Duolingo http://duolingo.com/ Apps are in the works…
    6. 6. Croak it! http://croak.it/ Also apps….
    7. 7. I fake text http://ifaketext.com/
    8. 8. The App Store… Like a box of chocolates…Like a box of chocolate
    9. 9. Some stats…Apps available for download: 659,936Education Category: 65,530 (active)Average App price: $1.99 http://148apps.biz/app-store-metrics/
    10. 10. Price…Free? Really?
    11. 11. Clash of Clans – a “free” app
    12. 12. “All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching?” Nicholas Johnson
    13. 13. 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.
    14. 14. 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.
    15. 15. You HAVE to be Careful…There is a reason 30% of apps are opened only once.
    16. 16. Reading Level MismatchScreenshot from Casey’s Contraptions
    17. 17. Confusing…? Screenshots from Live ABC
    18. 18. Photoshake… really?
    19. 19. 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…
    20. 20. Screenchomp (free)Fileformats?
    21. 21. Explain Everything
    22. 22. Explain Everything
    23. 23. 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
    24. 24. Additional Criteria• Ability to play well with other files and apps• Appropriate learning curve• Useability
    25. 25. “Don’t bring in an elephant to teach the color gray.” Madeleine Hunter
    26. 26. StoryKit
    27. 27. Book Creator
    28. 28. Format mattersDoes the app consider multiple users?Bluster and Futabaare examples of this…
    29. 29. Pedagogy and Strategy matterDoes the app target the usersappropriately?Toontastic
    30. 30. Lets Look…
    31. 31. Apps I Planned to Share(may be updated after the session)
    32. 32. Drop BoxfreeFilemanagement Gail@GailLovely.com
    33. 33. AudioBoofreeAudiorecording Gail@GailLovely.com
    34. 34. Explain Everything$2.99Annotation onalmostanything, andso much more Gail@GailLovely.com
    35. 35. ZapdfreeAlmost instantimage-richwebsites orblogs Gail@GailLovely.com
    36. 36. sling Note$2.99capture andannotate partsof websites Gail@GailLovely.com
    37. 37. Zapper ScannerfreeThe best QRcode readerand creator sofar! Gail@GailLovely.com
    38. 38. Book Creator$4.99My currentfavorite bookmaking tool. http://www.padgadget.com/2011/09/20/publish-ibooks-with-book-creator-for-ipad-ipad-app-review/ Gail@GailLovely.com
    39. 39. Collin’s Big Cat Booksfreepicture booksPLUS - recordyour ownaudio, makeyour ownbooks Gail@GailLovely.com
    40. 40. Futaba Games for Children (upgrade)$2.99A readinggame – worthupgrading topaid version Gail@GailLovely.com
    41. 41. ArtSet$.99A fullcollection ofart tools yeteasy to use. Gail@GailLovely.com
    42. 42. Fotopedia - Heritage(free)Amazingimages fromWorld HeritageSites Gail@GailLovely.com
    43. 43. Tools4 Students$.99GraphicOrganizers forstudents to use Gail@GailLovely.com
    44. 44. Today’s Front PagesfreeFront pages ofnewspapersfrom aroundthe world andthe nation forthe daysearched. Gail@GailLovely.com
    45. 45. TourWristfree360panoramasaround theworld… ORmake yourown Gail@GailLovely.com
    46. 46. Math Doodles$2.99Interestingmath practiceand problemsolving with avariety ofnumbersystems Gail@GailLovely.com
    47. 47. Wikipedia (Offline)$9.99Wikipedia…offline, justwhat it says! Gail@GailLovely.com
    48. 48. The EndMade in Art Set
    49. 49. Great Tools for Kids and Schools by Gail Lovelyhttp://LovelyLearning.com

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