Evaluation Rubric for Educational Apps

The Evaluation Rubric for Educational Apps has some great questions to for teachers to consider when selecting iOS apps to use in a classroom. It seems unlikely that anyone would really run through this whole rubric for each app. However, it could also be used by teachers as a framework for explaining why specific apps are worth the investment, both for purchasing and for class time. I greatly appreciate that “differentiation” is one of the criteria, and I think “authenticity” could easily be overlooked without using this rubric.

What the iPad Allows…

What the iPad has allowed us to do is to bring digital resources up to the same level of availability as paper resources in our teaching. It’s unthinkable that pupils would only have one or two hours of access to books each week, yet that was the position with digital resources before we deployed the iPad…When pupils learn with the iPad, they are learning in their own technological vocabulary. Personal computers – whether Windows or Mac OS X – are not most teenagers’ common experience of personal computing.

Fraser Speirs – iPads, Curriculum for Excellence and the Next Generation – also check out the section “What Technology Should Be”. I think his arguments also hold true for the iPod Touch, thought it will not be as easy to use for many students.