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It's important not to just use an app because falls into an educational category.

There are many tools available to assist teachers evaluate apps to ensure that the app chosen is the most suitable, most effective and of the highest quality.

Evaluation of iPad apps. Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind  The app development market is exploding.

Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind 

More and more companies are creating “educational apps”. In some cases, they are simply digital versions of a book or a web based tool. Some seem to have “no educational value” to it at all, but are still sold under the label of “education”. Although, I usually don’t resort to borderline cuss words, I really liked the expression of “crapware”, Sarah Perez over at TechCrunch used when she was reviewing a new app for the Pre-School/Kindergarten crowd. iPadAppEvaluation.pdf (application/pdf Object) Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps.

I am conducting a series of workshops in Florida and was asked to share a rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps as part of the workshop.

Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps

In 2010 Harry Walker developed a rubric, and I used his rubric (with some modifications by Kathy Schrock) as the basis for mine. (Read Harry Walker's paper Evaluating the Effectiveness of Apps for Mobile Devices.) I kept in mind that some apps are used to practice a discrete skill or present information just one time. Others are creative apps that a learner may use again and again, so it's a challenge to craft a rubric that can be used for a wide span of purposes.

Mobilary - apprubric. Critical evaluation of an ipad/ipod app.