Defining an Educational App with Jayne Clare of Teachers with Apps...Main Points!

So I was looking through some recent Twitter posts the other day and came across the blog, Teachers with Apps. First off, I love this blog and have found it to be extremely useful and current regarding EdTech. Second, I read a great post on this blog about the difference between an effective and ineffective app. It was an interview on what Jayne Clare of "Teachers with Apps" had to say about the topic. This notion regarding 'quality apps' is very close to my own philosophy behind the use of any EdTech in the classroom. I was really intrigued by what Jayne Clare had to say about effective vs. ineffective apps. Overall, I completely agree with her main points! Here is what I learned and will apply while using iPads in the classroom:

  • Make sure the apps you choose are developmentally appropriate. Generate a checklist or rubric for what type of learning you hope to see and have a student test it out. It is better to watch a student respond and learn with the app instead of only testing it out yourself. They will probably teach you more about the app than you can teach yourself!!
  • Ineffective apps are usually slow to load, crash often, and have limited interactions.
  • Effective apps harness the device and really engage the learner. These apps are highly interactive and complement the content instead of compete with it. Strong connections to the curriculum further suggest a quality app. 
  • Avoid apps that are gender oriented to make learning more inclusive.
  • Game-based apps are effective, but use them in moderation. 
  • Effective educational apps should provide students with different options for the same assignment. This supports differentiated instruction. 
This is just a snapshot of what Jayne Clare had to say about effective vs. ineffective apps. I hope my summary was helpful for highlighting some of the key points made! I believe Jayne Clare made the most important point at the end of her last response when she stressed the importance of the digital learner. The students we are teaching today are digital natives and therefore learn differently than we do as adults. It is imperative that teachers understand and accept technology into the classroom to support the 21st century learner.

You can click the image above to go to the full interview with Jayne Clare!

Rochelle :)

1 comment:

  1. Educational apps are not limited to students point of view only, as there are educational apps like myly which are used by parents for bidirectional communication with school and teachers.