Choosing Meaningful Apps (iDevices)


Thousands of apps come and go in the iTunes Store.  Without concerted strategic effort, searching for that “just right app” may feel like a hunt for a needle in a haystack. Even when it is identified “educational”, what does that mean?  Upon closer inspection, many of these are nothing more than repetitive practice at Blooms ‘Knowledge‘ level.



What makes an app worthy of students’ time?  Consider this approach to evaluate apps:

  • the value an app can bring to a learner (and being able to articulate the value)
  • the connection from curricular content to the app (and being able to demonstrate the depth of that connection)
  • the possibilities the app can bring in order to amplify the learning
Using a rubric that considers Relevance, Thinking Skills, Sharing and Usability provide a roadmap for thoughtful choices.    Click here for a rubric to help in your decision making.

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