Lists of Apps by Teachers and Other Reviewers

Introduction:

The resources listed on this page are compilations of apps that have been reviewed by teachers or respected ed tech sites.

You may use this critical evaluation rubric to evaluate the content of the apps and keep a copy of each evaluation you in your records. This rubric can be used repeatedly.

practical advice

These practical tips for evaluating apps and using them in the classroom will save you hours of work and headaches in evaluating which apps to use in instruction. Teach Thought provides useful advice for the teacher who needs help deciding which apps to choose and why.

URL: http://www.teachthought.com/technology/25-tips-for-teaching-with-apps/

Apps Lists Recommended by teachers or Tech Journals

 

A 1:1 iPad Menu For Guided Reading:

This rubric can be modified and changed to meet your  student’s needs or the grade level you teach. Many of the apps shown in this image can be substituted with the apps we’ve suggested for adult students. The idea, creatively shown by teacher/blogger Monica Evon in the form of a menu (see image above), allows teachers to guide students towards certain forms of academic practice, or demonstration of specific standards. This approach allows for a multi-media, interactive experience that allows students to use the skills they have learned in the classroom.

Looking at the image above, how would you modify the apps to suit your students’ needs?

URL: http://www.teachthought.com/apps-2/1-1-ipad-menu-for-guided-reading-apps/

 

Michelle Luhtala, a  librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced an extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country. Caution: Some apps are appropriate only for children. “I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. Many apps do one thing really well, but aren’t great at everything. Still others are bought, redesigned or just disappear — so it’s always good to know about an array of tools to suit the need at hand.

URL: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/06/apps-that-rise-to-the-top-tested-and-approved-by-teachers/

  • struggling readersFifty popular iPad Apps for Struggling Readers and Writers

50 apps that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills in reading, writing, and spelling. Caution: Some apps are suitable only for children.

URL: http://www.teachthought.com/apps-2/50-popular-ipad-apps-for-struggling-readers-writers/

  • reading comprehensionEducational apps for improved reading comprehension (not free)

15 apps for improved reading comprehension, ranging from word and sentence fluency, to recall, to critical thinking skills, to reading speed.

URL: http://www.teachthought.com/apps-2/15-of-the-best-educational-apps-for-improved-reading-comprehension/

Social Studies or History apps are a section of iTunes that is starting to grow. There are several map apps based on Google Maps. Apps can contain a variety of historical information. Some apps have speeches, some have audio or video, and some have notes from that day.

URL: http://teachwithyouripad.wikispaces.com/Social+Studies+Apps

There are thousands of free iPad Apps out there, but finding the
perfect ones for you can be tough. The staff of Simple K-12 have spent hours searching for the best-of-the best, free iPad Apps for Educators, and they’re sharing all of them.

URL: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/50124184/iPad_ebook_FINAL%2012-10-12%20%281%29.pdf

Social Media

These are some of the most popular graphics available online and which are also good guides for teachers and students seeking to learn more about using twitter in educational instruction.

URL: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/09/5-wonderful-twitter-cheat-sheets-for.html

 

This PDF document provides many informative tips on how best to use Twitter in instruction.

URL: http://www.schrockguide.net/uploads/3/9/2/2/392267/twitter_cheat-sheet_tyson.pdf

Tips on using Pinterest for classrooms and professional development.

URL: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/06/educators-guide-to-use-of-pinterest-in.html

 

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