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Evaluating Apps for Tablet Devices: Home

Why evaluate?

Why Evaluate?

  • Apps are a mixed bag-some are fantastic, some are marginal, some are useless.  Having a set of criteria to judge apps makes the selection and purchasing process easier.

  • You have a limited amount of funds and many options. 

  • It helps the user consider how they are going to use the app. 

How to Evaluate: What to look for in an app

  • Use the rubric to help determine whether an app will be an effective acquisition.

  • Complete the app evaluation form to help decide whether an app will assist learning outcomes or professional development.

  • Remember learning outcomes, Bloom’s taxonomy. 

Rubrics and Checklists

Where to Find and Purchase Apps

Multidevice Apps (Apple, Google, and Microsoft): Note-revies and lists apps, but does not sell them.

Appitalism

AppShopper

Dell Mobile App Store

Facebook App Center

GetJar Advertised as world's largest free app store

Handango

Merlot

Quixey

Apple Apps:

Apple App Store

Google Apps:

AppsLib For Android Apps.

Google Play

Soc.io Mall

Microsoft Apps:

Windows Store

Additional resources for evaluating apps

Resources for Assessment:

iPad App Evaluation for the Classroom

iPad Institute Through the University of Delaware’s School of Education.

Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps From Tony Vincent’s Learning in Hand blog.  A whole wealth of checklists, suggested rubrics, etc.

App Recommendations:

100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen by You: From Edudemic.

Must Have Apps for Education, Productivity, and Entertainment: From ISTE.

Top Mobile Apps in Higher Education: via Slideshare from Courtney Mlinar, HPD Library, Nova Southeastern University.

Useful iPad or iPhone Apps in Higher Education: From SUNY Onteonta

Blogs/News:

Bloomin’ Apps Using Bloom’s taxonomy to categorize/use apps.

iPads in the Classroom From Educator Kathy Schrock, directed at K-12 but applicable for a community college as well.

Mobile Learning at Northeastern University News on tablet/mobile apps in higher education.  Includes reviews of apps.

Student Information Literacy in the Mobile Environment Not specific to tablets, but worth a look.

Using iPads in Instruction From Dowling College, mainly for iPad, some other devices as well.