Friday, October 28, 2016

App Evaluation badge support

The criteria for this app is as follows:

To earn this badge you will need to evaluate at least 10 apps for their educational value. You can use the apps:
  • On your tablet
  • On the app sheet
  • Or any other app that you think have educational value. 
You can use the following google form to evaluate the apps ( or use the word document template here ( and upload it to your Google drive online portfolio folder.

You have to answer the following questions regarding the app:

What can you do with  the app? Here you have to describe what the app can do. e.g. Toontastic 3D
With Toontastic 3D you can draw, animate, and narrate your own cartoons. It’s as easy as play. Just move your characters around onscreen, tell your story, and Toontastic records your voice and animations and stores it on your device as a 3D video. Toontastic is a powerful and playful way to create interstellar adventures, breaking news reports, video game designs, family photo albums, and anything else you might imagine!
Blooms taxonomy?
Delete the verbs that is not applicable and add verbs that you think is also relevant. 
  • Remembering - Recognising, describing,  retrieving, naming, drawing, recording, animating
  • Understanding - Interpreting, Summarising,  explaining, exemplifying, visualising
  • Applying - tellingcarrying out, using
  • Analysing - Comparing, organising, structuring, integrating
  • Evaluating - Checking, hypothesising, critiquing, judging, testing, Detecting
  • Creating - designing, constructing, planning, producing, inventing, devising, making, recording
How can you use it in your subject/with your students? Be specific
  • In mathematics I/the learners can use it to create "story sums" that have to be solved. 
  • In English we can create stories from written text, breaking news reports. 
  • In the IT class we can demonstrate video game designs. 
  • We can create school photo albums. 
  • It can be used as part of any storytelling strategy....

Can you use it offline or do you have to be connected?   (Delete whichever one is not applicable)

  • Online: This means that my tablet have to be able to be connected to the internet before I can use it.  I have to sign in to be able to use the app and must therefore have internet connectivity. 
  • Offline: The app can be used without any connectivity
  • Both Online and Offline: I can use the app while offline and it will sync when online
Is it free? Yes / No / Lite

Yes : No restrictions- it works well and is a complete app (maybe it has adverts to support the app)
No: You have to pay a small annual or once off amount to use it
Lite: It is free to download but if you want the full version you have to pay or you can purchase in app purchases to get to some of the more advanced features.

Evaluate how the app support 21st century learning? (or will it just help me do what I have been doing in a new technological way)
Think of the app in terms of our 21st century skills:

  • Collaboration: Does the app allows learners to collaborate on creating something? 
  • Communication: Can you send messages/communicate using the app?
  • Creativity : Can you create something new using the app?
  • Critical thinking: Does the app allows deep thinking and problem solving? How
  • Connectivity: Can you share what you have done seamlessly with others using the app?
Your rating for this app (1-5) ______   (1: poor  to 5 Excellent)
You will give 5 if it is a app that you would like to use regularly in your classroom/personally

You then need to go and complete the self-marking online app test here:
Just insert your name and click on Continue and so the short little test which should not take you longer than 2 minutes!

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