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Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind 

Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind 
The app development market is exploding. 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. That being said, TinyTap is still a lot better than much of the kids’ apps crapware out there in the iTunes App Store. I have teachers ask me frequently about app recommendations for different subject areas. “What app could I use to teach subtraction?” I usually sigh to myself, when I receive questions like that. I want teachers to be able to, not only ask for and use an app, because someone else recommended it, but I want teachers equipped with the curiosity and the knowledge of: Further Resources: Related:  Evaluation of apps

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. 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. My rubric also emphasizes the ability to customize content or settings and how the app encourages the use of higher order thinking skills. Here's what I chose to spotlight in my rubric: Relevance The app’s focus has a strong connection to the purpose for the app and appropriate for the student Customization Feedback Student is provided specific feedback Thinking Skills Engagement Sharing

iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. As teachers seek ways to integrate these devices, we recommend focusing on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments. In other words, begin with..... Apps in Education Writing Prompts seems to have been a recurring conversation on twitter recently so I wanted to investigate what was available for teachers. I was surprised to see just how many apps designed for writing prompts there were. What is nice, is how many of these can be used for all grades. I really like the interface of some of these and I think your kids will too. Find a couple that will suit your students and your teaching style. Write about this: $4.49 and FREE The world is full of scenes with stories yet to be written...what will you Write About? The Brainstormer: $1.99 AU The Brainstormer is kindling for creative minds. Writing Prompts: $1.99 AU The writing prompt generators use current events, scene elements, words, sketches, colours, genres and writing types, unleashing endless random bits of fantasy to fuel your muse. Writing Prompts for Kids: $1.99 AU

I Education Apps Review - I Education Apps Review Apptivities xolp - home Technochalkie: Go Paperless: Evernote iPad Workflows Evernote is a fully featured note taking application that enables you to: - take text and audio notes - organise your notes in notebooks, notebook stacks and by tagging - Add images, videos and files to your notes - all your notes are fully searchable, including handwriting within images - email notes to your Evernote account - share notes and notebooks with others Evernote can be synchronised across all your devices. I've used Evernote for several years. Evernote Trunk highlights many applications that support Evernote and from that large list here are my twelve picks for optimising the experience of adding information to Evernote from an iPad. Quick Notes FastEver XL + Text Expander $1.99 + $5.49 FastEver XL is my preferred entry point for writing text notes for Evernote. However where FastEver XL really shines is in it's integration with Text Expander. Handwriting to text notes Notes Mobile $8.49 Notes Mobile allows you to hand-write your notes and then export them as text to Evernote.

41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills - 41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills by Tom Vander Ark first appeared on Math gets all the love–at least that appears to be the case in the edtech world. But applications of automated essay scoring have been growing steadily for 15 years. The shift to digital instructional materials, preparations for state online assessment, and a new crop of writing apps is adding new energy to digital ELA. We’ve collected more than 30 scoring engines and other literacy apps below. Writing Platforms With Scoring Engine Most of the following 10 web applications score essays and provide trait feedback and targeted instruction for students grade four and up. Criterion Online Writing Evaluation service from ETS is a web-based instructional tool that teachers use with students to help them plan, write and revise essays guided by instant annotated diagnostic feedback and a holistic score. Scoring Engines Writing Aids iPad Writing Apps Also: Day!

ipads - Maggie Verster on Diigo Search results for primary Lots of people have been asking about using the iPad as a way of teaching young students to write. I personally would not advocate this as the primary way of teaching youngsters the intricacies of handwriting and letter recognition but as fun supplementary activity it might provide some motivation. Here are a couple of fun apps that reinforce some of the basic writing skills taught by parents and teachers. School Writing: $4.99 AU School Writing allows the teacher to prepare lessons using written instructions, unique images and audio instructions, to which the student can respond using written and audio recordings. Students learn shapes, letters, numbers, words and more. iWriteWords: $2.99 AU iWriteWords teaches your child handwriting while playing a fun and entertaining game. Alphabet Board: $1.99 AU A fun way to learn to write! rED Writing - Learn to Write: $1.99 AU abc PocketPhonics: $2.99 AU Letter sounds. Pre-K Letters and Numbers: FREE Alphabytes: $1.99 AU SUPER WHY!

Teaching Vocabulary and Language Skills This year I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with teachers and students in integrating technology into the curriculum. It has been such an awesome experience and I have learned so much in the process. One thing that I have learned is how hard it is for some teachers to transfer what they already know about their teaching practices to developing lessons that integrate technology. One reason for this is not knowing what technology is available. Also, teachers seem to get stuck on the idea of the technology rather than how the technology can enhance instruction. 20 random iPad Maths Apps that help cover all areas of curriculum Around this time last year, I wrote a post about the lack of engaging Maths apps on the iPad that went beyond “skill and drill” number activities. Since then, developers have introduced a greater range of apps across all areas of the Maths curriculum that can be used to enhance the Maths teaching and learning in your classroom. Here’s a selection of 20 apps that cover Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability ( these are the Content strands (CS) Australia’s Mathematics curriculum has been categorized under ). They also cover the proficiency strands (PS) of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning. I’m sure other countries’ curricula are similar in many regards and you will be able to make the connections. Undecided (free at time of writing) CS -Statistics and Probability PS – Reasoning Decide Now! Does what Undecided doesn’t with spinner. DragonBox+ ($6.49 – expensive for multiple copies) Dartfish EasyTag (free) Pattern Blocks ($0.99)