Apps: They’re Not Just For Dinner iPad Use in Special Education http://notjustfordinner.wikispaces.com /. Tyler Bergen Andra Thorstad Nicole Gonari. Today’s Agenda. Choosing and Managing Apps Appetizing Apps iPad Accessibility. Vocabulary Lesson! .
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Choosing and Managing Apps
- You can also access the App Store via iTunes
You can search for a specific app, or just type in a keyword, in the search bar in the top right hand corner of iTunes or the App Store!
You can use the Genius feature to find new apps- the Genius feature takes into account which apps you already have, and recommends different apps based on that information.
You can also narrow down what kind of app you are looking for by using the filters provided during a search.
To redeem an iTunes gift card:
1: Sign in with your
Apple ID and password
2. Click ‘Redeem’
3. Enter in the code
on the back of your
iTunes Gift Card.
As educators, we all have a budget to adhere to.
- There are more than 500,000 apps for purchase/download on the App Store.
- How do we, as educators, determine which apps give us the best ‘bang’ for our buck (or 2 bucks, or 3…)?
The FIVES Criteria, which was developed by Sean Sweeney, CCC-SLP (www.speechtechie.com), is a framework designed to evaluate and integrate simple technology resources in speech and language interventions.
For the purpose of this presentation, we have adapted the FIVES criteria for use in school settings by classroom teachers, resource teachers, special program teachers, and consultants.
Free/aFFordable: Caution- just because it’s free, doesn’t mean you should download it. Alternatively, just because it’s $4.99, that doesn’t mean you should buy it!
Interactive—Does the app provide opportunities for students to make decisions, perform actions, and possibly create?
Visual—Using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), does it provide a multisensory experience that our students' classrooms might lack, or that bears repeating?
Educationally Relevant—Does it relate to topics, skills, or strategies that mirror or enhance classroom content?
Special Education—Does the activity target goals specific to the students' Personal Program Plans?
Critical evaluation of a content-based mobile app
Critical evaluation of a creative mobile app
Of course, we all have a finite budget to consider!
Free is fantastic, but a lot of times, you get what you pay for.
Some apps may be free, but are quite limited in function until you pay more money for more features through an in-app purchase.
Perhaps you’ve just shelled out $3.99 for an app, and you are very disappointed with its features, interface, and educational application.
- Google the app. Has it been reviewed by other educators?
2. Follow the FIVES Criteria
- Try not to buy apps with only one or two students in mind.
- Think critically about the different ways in which you can use the app across subjects, students, etc.
3. If possible, download the ‘Lite’ version of the app.
- Occasionally, there will be a Lite version of an app that you can ‘try out’ before you dig in your pockets for the full-featured app.