Friday, May 11, 2012

Evaluating the Best Educational Apps


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May 10, 2012
Editor: Karen Franker
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In this issue...
  1. Evaluating the Best Educational Apps  
  2. Summer Online Courses  - Reserve a Spot Now (several classes are already full)
  3. Tech Tip: 52 Great Google Doc Secrets  
Evaluating the Best Educational Apps
 
This week’s newsletter features top educators’ advice on how to locate and select top-rated apps for iPads, iPods, tablets, and other mobile devices.
 
Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps
Tony Vincent has compiled an outstanding collection of the best rubrics for evaluating educational apps. Included is a downloadable version of Tony’s Education App Evaluation Rubric and Checklist.
 
Bloomin’ Apps
Kathy Schrock’s clickable and colorful diagrams designate quality mobile apps for each level of Blooms’ Taxonomy for Google Apps, iPad apps, Android apps, and Web 2.0 tools.
 
15 Free Online Apps to Get Your Students Creating
Bradley Lands describes 15 apps that focus on the creating level of Bloom’s taxonomy and help students demonstrate mastery of content. Also see 12 Free Online Apps to Get Your Students Publishing.
 
Top 10 Sites for Educational Apps
David Kapuler lists his 10 favorite Web sites for locating high quality educational apps, including: APPitic, Mind Leap, and Teachers With Apps.
10 of the Best Apple Apps for Education in 2012
Meris Stansbury has compiled a “best of Apple” list of apps for 2012, including descriptions, suggested uses, features, price, and rating.
 
K-5 iPad Apps According to Bloom’s Taxonomy
Diane Darrow has written an excellent series of articles recommending apps which assist in the development of higher-order thinking skills.
 
Apps4Edu
The Utah Education Network provides a database of recommended educational apps searchable by keyword, device, cost, grade level, general category, and core curriculum areas.
 
 
The staff writers at Online Colleges describe the lesser known and powerful options of Google Docs including: keyboard shortcuts, drag-and-drop photos, editable PDFs, self-updating of spreadsheets, and synching with Microsoft Office.
 
 
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