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4 Great Rubrics to Help you Select Educational Apps

4 Great Rubrics to Help you Select Educational Apps
As iPads are increasingly infiltrating our educational systems the question of the pedagogical implications ensuing from the use of these mobile gadgets in the classroom come to the surface. Some do look at them as an added distraction and that learning can be more focused without students having access to them during the class. Traditionalists do advocate this view and are , in fact, against the " over-digitization " of education. To these people I say what John Dewy once said " If we teach today as we thought yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow ". I am strongly in favor of the use of mobile gadgetry for educational purposes. 1- BVLS iPad App Evaluation Form Click Here to download it. 2- iPad App Evaluation Guiding Question Click Here to download it. 3- Mobile Application Selection Rubric Click Here to download it. 4- Critical Evaluation of Content-based iPad/iPod App Click Here to download it. Related:  Apps2Teacher Info

Math Ref Free Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 3 Powerful Chrome Apps for Creating 3D Models April 29, 2015 Here are three good Chrome apps for creating 3D models. The apps are easy to work on and students will definitely enjoy them. Some of the things they can do with these tools include: build models in pre-made shapes and templates, share and print 3D files, discover 3D models online, collaborate with others to create 3D sketches and many more. Each of these apps is accompanied by a video tutorial explaining how the app works. 1- 3DTin 3DTn is a 3D Modeller that allows you to design models by placing cubes of different colours on top of each other.You can create shapes from standard templates and save them in the cloud. 2- Design Something This is an app that runs on both Chrome and Firefox and allows users to easily design 3D models using pre-defined shapes. 3- 3DView 3DView allows viewing, quality inspection, measuring, fixing and sharing 3D files, working alone or with a remote team.

How Do You Know if an App is Truly Educational? Let’s take a look… Was a rubric used? Are cross curricula activities applied? Are built-in differentiation of skills being utilized (is it a SMART app)? Is the app aligned to the Common Core Standards? As a long time veteran teacher, I can say the latest educational jargon may be baffling, but it beats the acronyms from an era ago. 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. So, that’s the short list! 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

Great App Review Checklists for Teachers The more apps I review here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning the better I become at recognizing and selecting the right educational apps to share with you. I have probably reviewed a little over 200 apps in the last couple of years but when I first started reviewing apps there were not many guidelines and checklists as is the case now. With the help of carefully crafted rubrics like the ones below, teachers can now follow a set of guidelines to select the apps that can work for them in their teaching. Parents too can use these checklists to sift through the piles and handpick the ones to give their kids. It is of paramount importance that you keep apps evaluative rubrics at your disposal to turn to whenever you want to recommend an app for your students . 1- App Review Checklist and Rating Chart Click Here to download it 2- Educational App Evaluation Checklist Click Here to download it 3- Critical Evaluation of an Content-based iPad App Click Here to download it

WordWeb Dictionary Qr Code Generator Extension for Chrome ‘Quick QR Code’ is a free Chrome extension that lets you quickly generate a QR code from a web links and images while you browse. Others users can than scan the QR code you made using a barcode scanner on their mobile device to see the content you shared. In the age of chat apps and social networks sharing a link through an image may seem a slightly longwinded way to do things. On the flip side, it can be super handy for embedding links in graphics that people walk past or for ‘hiding’ a link so that the content is a surprise. Don’t Scan Me Once installed you can right click on any webpage, image, text or link and use the “Quick QRCode” option to generate a pixel-packed tile for it. A toolbar button is added too, letting you can create content manually if needed. Qr Codes are a slightly cumbersome way of sharing URLs or images but, depending the situation, can be useful to save people entering lengthy web addresses or save a few step (e.g. for app downloads, etc). Summary

Only 1 iPad in the Classroom? [for additional ELA/Reading specific apps and ideas see Reading on the iPad] Is only one iPad in a classroom worth it? This question keeps reappearing on the EC Ning and in other blog spaces. The answer is easy: YES, especially if the teacher has access to a Mac desktop or (preferably) laptop and a wifi network in the classroom. It is an even larger YES if the Mac device has the most current operating system. Having a computer to which the iPad can sync is not absolutely necessary, but it is a Best Idea. If more iPads are in the future, you might want to check out iPad App Reviews and iPad 3C's: Some Planning Questions. Setup and Projection You will definitely need to set up a unique Apple ID (iTunes acct.) with a password that is kept secret from the students. OK - I have apps, now what can I do with them?

Lecture Engagement System | LectureTools LectureTools is a web-based presentation tool that minimizes distractions in the classroom. Upload presentations to improve student engagement, attentiveness, and participation during lecture by providing students with an interactive learning environment. Students become organized and engaged in your presentation, all while learning from their peers. It's a lecture engagement system like you've never seen. Presentation Tool Present and create interactive slideshows. LectureTools allows you to import any existing PowerPoint® slideshow and enhance your presentation with interactive activities. Learn more about the Presentation Tool Student Inquiry Empower your students to ask questions. All too often, either your students are afraid to ask questions during lecture or there is simply no time to spare for Q&A. Learn more about the Student Inquiry Tool Student Response System Deliberately engage student laptops and cellphones. Learn more about the Student Response System Student Assessment