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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

What Our Participants Have to Say Draw on the experience of teachers, administrators, educational technology staff, library-media specialists and others who have attended our workshops over the years: 2011 Summer Workshops Video Hear from our summer 2011 participants and come join us for 2012. More From Our 2011 Participants "In a very exciting, clear and inspiring manner, the 3 days truly exposed me to education technology tools I didn't even know existed, and helped me to see the potential for lessons and learning in those I was only slightly aware of. "The hands on practice was tremendous. "All the presenters/teachers knew the information and taught us at a speed in which I could follow and understand. "This workshop combined two essential ingredients to make it superior: thoughtful and practical. "This workshop is a teacher's dream! "The variety of tools to which we were introduced was phenomenal! "I am a returnee who took the FL workshop last year and loved it! "You walked us through a very useful series of tools.

The Must-Have App Review Rubric | Education Technology, Apps, Product Reviews, and Social Media – Edudemic Added by Jeff Dunn on 2011-11-22 So you just downloaded a few educational apps that you think might be useful in your classroom. How do you accurately compare and contrast them? Thanks to a new app review rubric from by eMobilize , it’s easier than ever to understand just how useful an app may be in the classroom. On a related note, the Edudemic Directory features many educational apps and lets you quickly compare them to see how they stack up. I’ve rewritten the original rubric from eMobilize and tailored it to fit all school districts. Download The Rubric Here (PDF) Overview of the App App Title: App Publisher/Developer: Version: Link to App Store: Curriculum Compliance Yes/ No – Is it relevant to the curriculum framework? Operational Yes/ No – Is navigation easy? Pedagogy Yes/ No – Does the material accommodate diverse ways in which students learn? Comments are closed.

iPads in the Classroom are Changing the Face of Education Posted 04/18/2012 at 8:59am | by Florence Ion How two school districts in Maine are adopting the iPad in the classroom and changing the face of education What springs to mind when you hear the phrase “technology in education?” Is it an outdated Windows computer collecting dust in the back corner of a classroom? Software that’s nothing more than overly animated flashcards? iPad owners know how entertaining the tablet is, but many are just learning of the powerful potential the device has shown in reforming education. Kindergartners in Auburn, Maine trade off reading a paperback book and using the iPad 2. In Maine--one of the first places to fully implement a one-to-one laptop curriculum--schools across the state are replacing static paper textbooks and bulky Dell laptops for the slimmer, faster, and more dynamic iPad. The study lasted for only nine weeks, but the results showed that the iPad can initiate positive change. Three high school students type their answers into an iPad app.

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Planet iPad: Edudemic Magazine May Issue Now Available! | Education Technology, Apps, Product Reviews, and Social Media – Edudemic Edudemic Magazine is the single best source of progressive education coverage available anywhere–written for educators, by educators. Our May issue features more content than ever–including an updated “iPad Spectrum,” Inigral’s Michael Staton and his framework on “Unbundling Education,” and a slew of other exciting content, including: Disruption Scale We rank 21 recent education initiatives for their potential to (helpfully) disrupt education. Planet iPad A look at the incredible momentum of the iPad–and the challenges it brings with it. Applying a Start-up Mentality to Education What is a “start-up mentality,” and how might we go about applying one towards education? App Depot A monthly feature that explores the world of apps–from the useful to the bizarre. Blast From the Past An always-interesting look at how far we’ve come with technology, this month we get a peek out how nearly 30 years ago, there were concerns that computers might create “a culture of psychopaths.”

iPads Make Better Readers, Writers Literacy Skills iPads Make Better Readers, Writers In a research paper titled “Unlocking Literacy with iPad,” Ohio English teacher James Harmon found that state-compiled statistics indicate that those students with iPad access in the year leading up to the Ohio Graduation Test had a 6-percent greater chance of passing the test’s reading portion than those without, and an 8-percent greater chance of passing the writing portion. By Margo Pierce09/06/11 Once upon a time teachers stood in front of a blackboard writing letters of the alphabet with chalk and drilling students to develop literacy skills. But now that children are growing up with laptops, streaming video, and even iPads, what’s a teacher to do? During the 2010-2011 school year Harmon conducted a “teacher-research” study to measure the effect Apple’s iPad had on the language test scores of his students taking the annual Ohio Graduation Test. This convinced Harmon of the appropriateness of the iPad as a teaching tool.

iPad Study Results | Technology and Learning | Pepperdine Community​ Study Overview In August 2010, Pepperdine University launched a three-term study to assess the iPad's potential in the education sector. The fall 2010 and spring 2011 academic terms were used for exploratory research to inform an experimental research design. An experimental research design was used in fall 2011 to assess the iPad's potential to enhance student learning outcomes. Throughout each term, this study compared technology use and engagement for students in two sections of the same course; one section was loaned iPads and while the other section used various computing devices. Undergraduate and graduate courses were included in the study as well a variety of disciplines including religion, math, business, law, and health. Data was collected throughout each term with pre and post-term student surveys, classroom observations, and focus groups for every iPad and non-iPad course section. Key Findings from the Fall 2010 Term What is the value of the iPad? What is the iPad's purpose?

A Day in the Life of the iPad Classroom Lenny Gonzalez Halfway through a year-long pilot study using iPads instead of textbooks, a San Francisco eighth-grade algebra class is showing signs of every teacher’s dream: the spark of engagement in her students’ eyes. Jeannetta Mitchell, a veteran teacher of 20 years, is encouraged by what she sees so far. During my visit to her class last Friday, it was apparent that she was a big part of the reason they understood those problems. The students never had a chance to tune her out – they were constantly being asked to participate one way or another, whether it was working out problems on the whiteboard (not interactive), watching instructional videos on the iPad, or working in groups. If the goal of learning is to figure out the “how” and not just the correct answer, then the gadget is doing its job. The class at Presidio Middle School is part of a study of a 1,000 California students, 400 of who are learning algebra with iPads. Lenny Gonzalez So have the grades improved? Kyle Lee: Related

iPad Vs Laptop Pros And Cons – A Brief Intro About iPad Vs Laptop Pros And Cons 2011-2012 Sponsored Links: The iPad vs. laptop pros and cons, users must ask their self if it is a fair challenge. People believe that iPad should behave like a normal computer. On the other hand, an iPad still carries a heavy punch. Size: While doing the comparison between iPad and laptop the first thing is the weight and size. Battery Life: The iPad has a splendid 3. 75V, 24.8 watt-hour battery, which provides 10 hours of quality use and also enables you to charge the iPad faster than charging via USB from a laptop. Functionality: Functionality and practicality are a huge factor when comparing the iPad vs. laptop pros and cons 2011. Though the form of the iPad is like a tablet than that of the laptop, still there is some competition out there for the functionality between two. iPads Are More Comfortable Than Laptops One of the brilliant issues of the iPad is its security. Conclusion: So before choosing one you need to think about the purpose of use and Reasons to get an iPad. Sponsored Links:

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The iPad and Higher Education [This is a guest post by David Parry, assistant professor of emerging media and communications at the University of Texas, Dallas. What you'll find below is different than the things we usually publish. After all, each of our authors tends to focus on strategies or tools with which they've acquired some experience in order to address the relative strengths and weaknesses. I own a MacBook Pro, before that a MacBook, and before that a PowerBook. I will not be buying an iPad. What is more, I am going to make the case that you shouldn’t either, or at least if you are in education you shouldn’t be lying awake at night trying to think of a way to convince your Dean that these need to be purchased for you or your students. Much has already been made of the possible impact of the iPad. The limits of the iPad have already been much discussed and debated by far more tech savvy minds than myself, arguments which furthermore I don’t really have time to rehash here. Except you would be wrong.

ISTE 2012 Takeaways The International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) national conference just finished up after several exciting, jam-packed days in beautiful San Diego, California. I’ve been to ISTE conferences before, but it’s been a few years. I had forgotten how crazy and exciting this conference can be. Several thousand educators converged on the convention center at the edge of the Gas Lamp Quarter, and, at times, it seemed like every single one of the attendees had the same workshop schedule as me. I learned so much during the 4-day conference (you can view my unedited notes here), but in the spirit of minimalism and efficiency, I am focusing this post on my big 3 takeaways: ePortfoliosiPad AppsSocial Networking with Edmodo ePortfolios I’ve been creating ePortfolios with my students for over 10 years now. Focus Student-managed electronic learning portfolio should be used as a persistent learning record to help students: The purpose drives the process and content. Process iPad Apps Unedited Notes