Today, we have a guest blog post written by Donna Roman, EdTech Specialist in the Department of Professional Learning. In the post, she provides a tip to remember—a familiar filter if you will—when the selection of apps in today's digital classroom becomes overwhelming!
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the apps available. Too many choices...too many capabilities….who has the time?
Try considering why you want to use a tech tool. That narrows it down and makes it easier to manage the sea of possibilities. It also helps you differentiate in your classroom.
Let’s go back to something we all know and love—Bloom’s Taxonomy. Below graphic is a great resource from Kathy Schrock centered around Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. Remember to always check the terms of service and CPS policy.
Written by Gerald Proctor, iOS Device Management Administrator
We all know that the iPad is a powerful internet connectivity device—allowing educators to leverage teaching and learning websites such as: Study Island, Achieve3000, and many more! In addition, the App Store has an extensive library of free and paid apps to assist students with their learning while helping to enhance a teacher's facilitation.
For some, the idea of an using an App to enhance the learning experience is still very new and diving into the App Store can be daunting task:
Over the years many educators have become comfortable with teaching and learning websites—leveraging the content, features, activities, or games; some have even built up a go-to list of their favorite sites. It is this list of websites that often becomes top priority to add to the iPads as the website experience is very familiar.
But, it is the user experience we must remember to take into consideration because a website was designed with traditional computer set up of a mouse and keyboard in mind, not a touch screen device such as the iPad. The learner (or user experience) can be vastly different with these sites when trying to touch and swipe though them verse using a keyboard and mouse.
Many companies realized this limitation years ago and have since designed, developed, and deployed companion apps to recreate and re-think the website experience for the touch screen user, the iPad learner! Often, the companion app contains features and content not present on the website. Three very popular examples of companion apps are:
So, the next time you rush to use a teaching and learning website on the iPad with your students you might want to consider visiting the App Store to see if a companion app exists! You might be pleasantly surprised.