- 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.
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