Yes, there are even more things to consider when selecting quality apps for your students. This posting is part three of this very important topic.
Similarly, provide apps for the students that allow them to learn and demonstrate their learning through different modalities and even better, multiple modalities. The feedback from my students is that they like the math games that give instant auditory and visual feedback to keep them motivated and challenged to work for the higher level.
I am a firm believer in allowing students to demonstrate their understanding through both text and with visuals like diagrams, graphic organizers, sketches and student drawn pictures. The students’ iPads have a folder of Art Apps that they can go into to create their visuals and import them into whatever productivity app they are using. I love the intuitiveness of the iPad with its capacity for my students to be able to flow from one app to the other. These are the apps in the Art Folder:
In my last post I talked about a number of considerations when selecting quality apps for your students. This post is a continuation of that discussion:
Be cautious when reading online recommendations about what are the best apps. Thinking I was doing my homework and researching online I have purchased some apps based on these recommendations. However, I have been quite disappointed after downloading them. I am not sure if the app did not fit the learning and instructional outcomes I intended for my students or if there is a whole lot of recommending going on just to push out apps into the market. I can only suggest to review several sites when researching your apps to make sure you are making an informed decision.
An interesting phenomenon has occurred when it comes to buying apps. The conversations and focus have been on the apps, how many we can find out about and how many we can buy. Let’s face it, there are so many to choose from it is overwhelming, daunting and very time consuming to search them all. It also doesn’t help that many of these apps are free or inexpensive and that it is so easy to just tap the ‘Purchase’ button without putting much thought into whether the app is applicable or appropriate for what we are teaching. In comparison, we never go into a bookstore and buy loads of books even though there are so many available to choose from and we don’t sample every dish at a buffet dinner just because they’re available. But why are we doing this random on mass purchasing of apps when common sense tells us not do it with other purchases in our lives?