“There’s an app for that.” How many times have you head that phrase? According to the Apple web site, “There are over 500,000 apps, for work, play and everything in between. The more apps you download, the more you realize there’s almost no limit to what your iPhone/iPad can do.” So the question is how does someone decide what is the best app for the students in their class?
In education we are all looking for something that will help students understand a concept or skill. We want them to be able to show us they understand. For this reason I don’t think that there is one answer to, “Which app do I choose?” I think the app that you choose is the one that best helps the student achieve success, and for that reason there is no ONE app. What works for one student might not work for another and how a teacher uses an app can be a game changer. Apps are yet another resource in the toolkit a teacher uses.
With this in mind, I am going to list a few resources that I hope help you find apps and how to use them that best fit your students’ needs. Please share in the comment field below apps that you use with students and HOW you integrate them into your classroom.
Mobile App Smackdown February 27th on VSTE Island in Second Life, 8 PM
Bring one app to share from your favorite device:
• Kindle Fire
• Apple mobile device
Come Join the TX DEN for our first Tweet Chat Appy Hour on Twitter ~ Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 6pm CST with hashtag #appyhour. During this fun hour of learning, the TX DEN will lead discussions on using Apps effectively throughout the content areas in k-12 education.
Come Join the VA DEN for our first webinar series -What’s App’ening! -Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 7:00pm. More info to follow.
iPads in Education? The goal of this community is to promote innovation in education through the use of technology. The site is not sponsored by Apple nor does it endorse the use of any specific technology or product.
Apps in Education
One of the hardest thing with using the iPad in the classroom is finding the time to go through all of the apps in the iTunes Store listed under the education banner. We have started to list some of the apps we’ve found under each of the Key Learning Areas.
APPitic is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning. These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.