App of the Month – CriteriaPosted: September 1, 2012 Filed under: Education | Tags: 21stcentury, app, Apple, appofthemonth, computing, internet, iPad, iPod, learningtool, resource, tablet, teachingtool 1 Comment
Colleague: ‘What apps should I get?’
Rotate iPad 90 degrees, shuffle across to them,
The reality is that there are just so many apps out there, for such a range of purposes, that it is not always possible (in the same time it takes to drink your lukewarm coffee) to pinpoint to a colleague exactly which apps are relevant, useful and practical for them. My current experience of app-based technology in education is an enthusiastic group of professionals spending precious time integrating apps that actually make their lives more complicated! Personally, I have done this and later found myself spending more time re-reorganising files and folders, notes and photographs to get everything back into one, accessible space. I can say the same for so-called lesson enhancing apps.
Reflecting on this, I’m sure we all agree that our focus is best directed when we find an app that does a better job for us than we are doing already. I’d like to clarify my future posts by categorising apps under three simple terms – those being that the app makes things easier, faster or cooler.Because every student will tell you that if it (the lesson) is easy to interact, fast or cool, they’re in. And teachers? Well, I can only speak for myself…
With this in mind, I’m going to choose an app each month that achieves one, two or all of these criteria, to share and evaluate them. Perhaps by explaining their usefulness under these simple terms, I can make them more readily accessible to you.
I look forward to hearing your feedback, experiences and suggestions for alternatives so that this monthly section can become a forum and resource for others. Please feel free to use the comments section to direct future posts or any app categories that you would like to discuss.
Disclaimer: I am by no means an Apple expert. I will only present apps that are tried and tested.
Have enjoyed browsing your blog Teddy! I like the short, sharp posts that take you to the heart of the matter. We are all time poor and resources such as this are a great way for people to read some good stuff without doing all the leg work. As far as visual appeal etc goes, I think you are doing a good job. Personally, I prefer to be able to read the whole article without having to click the read more link but that is just me! A cluster map is always good to for you to see where you as getting your visitors from and I find it quite motivating! I would say keep up the great work. For me, the bottom line is ‘is it interesting to read?’ rather than is it pretty!