Bringing mobile devices into the classroom can enhance our teaching practices and take aid in taking our curriculum to the next level.
To help determine our motivation behind the apps that we use, we can use rubrics to evaluate their educational value. Finding a rubric or checklist that resonates with you and your teaching methods, goals and curriculum can aid you in choosing educational apps for the classroom. Whether or not you decide to formally evaluate each app, keeping the app criteria in mind when looking for apps to use in the classroom can be very helpful. This aids in the process of making sure that we are using technology to support our curriculum.
Here are some rubrics and checklists to use in determining what apps to use in the classroom.
- Educational App Evaluation Checklist (Vincent, n.d.) Thorough app evaluation tool in the form of a checklist
- Critical Evaluation of an iPad/iPod App (Schrock, 2014) Yes/no checklist for apps with space for comments or summary
- Evaluation Rubric for Apps (Vincent, n.d.) App rubric that includes authenticity, curriculum connection, and differentiation as categories
- Generic Rubric for All Content Areas (Shaw, Hoffman, Hameister, 2014) App rubric with a focus on collaboration, and creation
Mobile devices and other technology can be great tools to use in the classroom to enhance transform the classroom experience. A bit of theory of what we can aspire to can be found by taking a look at the SAMR Model (Puentedura, n.d.). The SAMR Model outlines the goal of infusing technology into the curriculum to transform learning experiences to result in higher achievement for students. Using technology in transforming ways can aid in helping students reach the higher-order cognitive skills. Here is another great resource on the SAMR Model (Schrock, 2013). Our goal is to move up to the top of the model to transformation. If you have any questions on how to get there, please contact the Academic Excellence & Development office at 608-785-9152 or email at AEDD@westerntc.edu.