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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 Gail Lovely

    1. 1. Are Tablets a Prescription for Learning? Evaluating 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. Simplest Criteria Appropriate content ◦ child safe ◦ relevant to curriculum or skills ◦ good match between developmental stages and content levelsGail@GailLovely.com
    10. 10. 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
    11. 11. Gail@GailLovely.com StoryKit
    12. 12. Gail@GailLovely.com Book Creator
    13. 13. App Selection  A few “technical” things to look for…Gail@GailLovely.com
    14. 14. Simplest Criteria Appropriate format and activity ◦ activity format is not violent or biased ◦ access to content is not impeded by game or actionGail@GailLovely.com
    15. 15. Gail@GailLovely.com Content and FormatScreenshot from SumStackers
    16. 16. Additionally – format matters  Does the app consider multiple users? Bluster and Futaba are examples of this…Gail@GailLovely.com
    17. 17. Additionally – strategy matters Does the app target the users appropriately? Toontastic is a wonderful example of this…Gail@GailLovely.com
    18. 18. Educational Criteria  Ability to play well with other files and apps  Appropriate learning curve  Useability Let’s Look at Some!Gail@GailLovely.com
    19. 19. 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…Gail@GailLovely.com
    20. 20. Gail@GailLovely.com Export ChoicesScreenshot Explain Everything
    21. 21. Gail@GailLovely.com MORE Export Choices Screenshot Explain Everything
    22. 22. You HAVE to be Careful…  There is a reason 30% of apps are opened only once.Gail@GailLovely.com
    23. 23. “Don’t bring in an elephant to teach the color gray.” - Madeleine Hunter
    24. 24. Gail@GailLovely.com Reading Level MisMatchScreenshot from Casey’s Contraptions
    25. 25. Confusing…?Gail@GailLovely.com Screenshots from Live ABC
    26. 26. Photoshake… really?  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/p hotoshake!/id389104355?mt=8Gail@GailLovely.com
    27. 27. Gail@GailLovely.com Lets Look…
    28. 28. 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)
    29. 29. 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)
    30. 30. 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)
    31. 31. 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)
    32. 32. Apps by Blooms Taxonomy  http://www.edutopia.org/ipad- apps-elementary-blooms- taxomony-diane-darrowGail@GailLovely.com
    33. 33. Apps by Bloom’s Taxonomy  http://www.schrockguide.net/bloo min-apps.htmlGail@GailLovely.com
    34. 34. Apps by Student Action  http://edtechteacher.org/index.p hp/teaching-technology/mobile- technology-apps/ipad-asGail@GailLovely.com
    35. 35. 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
    36. 36. App Selection  Places to hear from others  http://www.iear.org/Gail@GailLovely.com
    37. 37. 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)
    38. 38. App Selection  Places to hear from others  http://teachwithyouripad.wikispac es.com/iPAD+Apps  http://www.techchef4u.com/Gail@GailLovely.com
    39. 39. App Selection  http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/sur prisinglyeduappsGail@GailLovely.com
    40. 40. Android…  Not my area of expertise, but here is the best resource I know:  http://www.android4schools.com/Gail@GailLovely.com
    41. 41. Thanks for your interest in choosing the BEST for our children!  Gail Lovely  Gail@GailLovely.com  http://LovelyLearning.comGail@GailLovely.com

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