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Peer Review

Appitic; app lists for education

by Alline @mrsalline on twitter


Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 09, 2013 by Teacher Education
Overview: As it is stated on the website, APPitic is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning. These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings. Teaching and Learning Apps created by teachers for students and teachers. Videos from YouTube are also included on the website. Links to related materials, learning assignments for students,and teacher's guide on how to use most of the applications are included. Some of the recommended Apps are free, while others have varying cots.
Learning Goals: The goal of the site is to help educators to use technology to improve teaching and learning in a variety of classroom settings.
Target Student Population: The target population includes educators and students at all grade levels and learning abilities and parents.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: The ability to download Apple apps is a pre-requisite.
Type of Material: Collection of Apps
Recommended Uses: The site can be used by teachers and parents according to their individual needs. Teachers can use the site for planning their classes. For example, there is an app called iBooks Accessibility Best Practices. Teachers can also use the site to find apps to supplement their classroom instructions using an app such as A Bee Sees: Learning Letter, Numbers, and Colors for preschools. A parent of a preschool could use the same app to reinforce learning at home.
Technical Requirements: Familiarization with Apple IPad. Some application require Internet connectivity. Must have an account with Apple Itunes in order to down load apps.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The content of the materials are accurate, reliable, and valid. The applications accurately depict reality. The information is relevant to the subject matters. The content is current and up-to-date. The content teaches important concepts that will help students improve in a variety of disciplines. The content does cover core curriculum within the disciplines listed on the website. The website contains links to other resources that are appropriate and valid.
Concerns: The site itself does not demonstrate a concept. It contains apps which demonstrate a variety of concepts. Because of the large number of apps, we were unable to review all of the apps listed on site and determine whether or not they were all current, relevant, and informed by scholarship.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The learning objective is to provide apps for educators to use in their classrooms. The apps listed can be used in course planning, for assessment, and for review.
Concerns: The site itself is not a teaching tool but it does contain a collection of teaching tools.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is easy to use. The site looks like an Apple home page with a silver background. The categories are listed at the top using white tabs which look like computer keys and they have drop down menus. There are also videos posted on the home page and throughout the site. The pictures of the site's authors are posted and can be clicked on to send tweets to them.
Concerns: Apps must be downloaded to device. Some apps must be purchase; however, there are free versions of many Apps available.

Other Issues and Comments: Purchasing apps; creating an account with ITunes. Some individuals may not want to provide personal information or financial information in order to have access to apps.