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There are so many different apps on the market, how do you choose? This video shows some great hints and tips from a school that has been using apps in their classrooms.


Tips

  1. Make sure that the app gives the student the opportunity to make sense of what they’re doing
    • ‘Digital worksheet’ style apps may not give feedback on where the student went wrong.
    • For example in maths, choose apps that also allow students to work out the answer using tokens or have audio help.
  2. ‘Skill and Drill’ apps do have a place for rote learning things like times tables and handwriting but apps that are most useful will allow users to create an opportunity to construct their understanding.
  3. Play the apps yourself to see what it offers
  4. Apps don’t need to be used in isolation – provide pens, pencils and paper to supplement devices.
  5. If you’re looking to include games in your classroom, be aware of classifications – some games may be PG or higher. Add these to your permission forms for viewing content.
  6. Play games from start to finish so you can see all the content - you don’t want to be caught out by anything down the track.

Checklist for finding new apps

  1. Get rid of useless apps on your device – quality over quantity is best
  2. Reflect and assess how useful apps are – share knowledge with your team
  3. Do they fit these criteria?
  • Is the app able to collect and store data? Profiles can be useful – especially for reporting!
  • Does the app let you check accuracy? Are the kids just pressing without understanding?
  • Are there different levels of difficulty? Can you change this? Can the kids?

Check out Rebecca’s blog for information on suggested apps and Good App Checklist.

App recommendations

  • Sock Puppets (iOS – free for up to 30 seconds recording and in-app purchases, Classified 4+ (Apps in this category contain no objectionable material))
  • Daisy the Dinosaur (iOS, Free, Classified 4+ (Apps in this category contain no objectionable material))
  • Hopscotch (iOS, Free, Classified 4+ (Apps in this category contain no objectionable material)
  • Scratch Jr. (iOS, Free, Classified 4+ (Apps in this category contain no objectionable material; Google Play, Free, Classified for 3+)
  • 80 Days (iOS $7.99, Classified 12+ and Google Play $5.50, Classified M (15+))
  • Plague Inc (iOS $0.99 and offers in-app purchases, Classified 12+; Google Play free and offers in-app purchases, Classified G (all ages); Amazon Apps $0.99 and offers in-app purchases, Classified as Guidance Suggested; Windows Phone Store $1.19 and offers in-app purchases, Classified 15 and over)

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