iPad App Evaluation for Teaching and LearningApp Evaluation Checklist    Meets your needs (for example, the use of the ap...
iPad App Evaluation for Teaching and LearningActivity (10 minutes)    1. Think of an activity that would use a mobile devi...
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2012 Treks Mobile App Evaluation

  1. 1. iPad App Evaluation for Teaching and LearningApp Evaluation Checklist  Meets your needs (for example, the use of the app is relevant to the learning objectives).  The current version of the app has a good rating, 3 stars or better, in the App Store or other App Review Resource (see below).  The majority of user reviews are positive.  Help or tutorial is available in the app.  Has a support Web site or online community of users.  Content, including any advertising, is appropriate.  Information is error-free, factual, and reliable.  Content can be exported, copied, printed, or otherwise shared.  App’s settings and/or content can be customized.  App is easy to use.  Works with accessibility options.  Appropriate cost (meets your budget).  No in-app purchases are necessary for intended use of app.  App has been updated recently.  App promotes creativity and imagination.  App provides opportunities to use higher order thinking skills.  App promotes collaboration and idea sharing.  App provides useful feedback.Rubric for App Evaluation by Tony Vincent of learninginhand.com is at the end of this document.Source: http://learninginhand.com/storage/blog/Vincent-App-Rubric.pdfApp Reviews Resources  AppAdvice – Magazine format with guides to apps with similar features (handwriting apps)  Download the AppAdvice iPad app or visit http://appadvice.com/appnn  AppZapp – shows prices and price history. You can set up notifications for when app prices change or go free.  Download the AppZapp iPad app or visit http://appzapp.us/index.html  AppShopper – Similar to AppZapp  Download the AppShopper iPad app or visit http://appshopper.com/ipad/  App Store (on iPad or iTunes on a laptop)  AppBrain – Similar to AppShopper for Android devices.  On Android devices, use the AppBrain app or visit http://www.appbrain.com  Google Play – Google’s Android App store  On Android devices, use the Google Play app or visit http://play.google.com/store/apps  Mobile Learning (CEHD)  http://academics.cehd.umn.edu/mobile/category/app-recommendations/  Mobile Learning at Northeastern  http://www.northeastern.edu/edtech/mobilelearning/ 1|Page
  2. 2. iPad App Evaluation for Teaching and LearningActivity (10 minutes) 1. Think of an activity that would use a mobile device. It could be of personal interest or related to an upcoming course. 2. Use the Web sites in the App Review Resource section of this sheet to help you find possible apps and/or search the App Store for possible app solutions. 3. Once you have chosen a few likely candidates, review the App Evaluation Checklist 4. Does the app meet the majority of the criteria in the check list? 5. Be prepared to share your experience, ask questions, or share observations in a group discussion.Sources:http://embedit.in/Wp28yIHnc2.swfhttp://www.iteachthererforeipod.blogspot.com/http://learninginhand.com/blog/ways-to-evaluate-educational-apps.htmlhttp://www.scribd.com/doc/94980508/iPad-App-Evaluation-for-the-Classroom#download 2|Page
  3. 3. App Name: Educational App Evaluation RubricPurpose for App: 4 3 2 1 Relevance The app’s focus has a strong The app’s focus is related to Limited connection to the Does not connect to the connection to the purpose for the purpose for the app and purpose for the app and may purpose for the app and not the app and appropriate for the mostly appropriate for the not be appropriate for the appropriate for the student student student student Customization App offers complete flexibility to App offers some flexibility to App offers limited flexibility to App offers no flexibility to meet alter content and settings to alter content and settings to adjust content and settings to student needs meet student needs meet student needs meet student needs Feedback Student is provided specific Student is provided feedback Student is provided limited Student is not provided feedback feedback feedback Thinking Skills App encourages the use of App facilitates the use of higher App facilitates the use of mostly App is limited to the use of higher order thinking skills order thinking skills including lower order thinking skills like lower order thinking skills like including creating, evaluating, evaluating, analyzing, and understanding and understanding and and analyzing applying remembering remembering Usability Student can launch and Student needs to have a Student needs to be cued each App is difficult to operate or operate the app independently teacher show or model how to time the app is used crashes often operate the app Engagement Student is highly motivated to Student uses the app as Student perceives app as Student avoids the use of the use the app directed by the teacher “more schoolwork” and may be app and might complain when off-task when directed to use its use is required the app Sharing Specific performance summary Performance data or student Limited performance data or No performance summary or or student product is saved in product is available in app but student product is not student product is saved app and can be exported to the exporting is limited and may accessible teacher or for an audience require a screenshot Tony Vincent c b 3a learninginhand.com/rubric Rubric based on one edited by Kathy Schrock and originated by Harry Walker