Vocabulary Lesson! The word “app” is short for “application” – In January 2011, the American Dialect Society named “app” the word of the year for 2010.named “app” the word of the year – The word “application” refers to a software application — a special type of software program. – The word app typically refers to software used on a smartphone or mobile device such as the Android, iPhone, BlackBerry or iPad, as in “mobile app” or “iPhone app.” – There are also “web applications” and “online applications” — which are software programs that you access and use while online, via a browser, instead of software residing on your computer (such as Microsoft Word). http://smallbiztrends.com/2011/03/what-is-an-app.html
Where Can We Purchase Apps? Apps for iPad and iPhone/iPod touch are purchased via the App Store. – You can access the App Store directly on your iPad or iPhone/iPod touch - You can also access the App Store via iTunes
App Store Features 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.
Not All Apps Are Created Equal 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 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.www.speechtechie.com 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.
What does FIVES stand for? F ree/a FF ordable: 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! I nteractive—Does the app provide opportunities for students to make decisions, perform actions, and possibly create? V isual—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? E ducationally Relevant—Does it relate to topics, skills, or strategies that mirror or enhance classroom content? S pecial Education—Does the activity target goals specific to the students' Personal Program Plans?
Free Apps: A Cautionary Tale 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.
On The Other Hand… Perhaps you’ve just shelled out $3.99 for an app, and you are very disappointed with its features, interface, and educational application.
How To Avoid App-Buyer’s Remorse 1.Do your homework! -Read the app reviews. Be sure to take the number of reviews into account (an average 4- star rating from 250 people is more telling than a 5-star rating from three people) - Google the app. Has it been reviewed by other educators?
How To Avoid App-Buyer’s Remorse 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.
How To Avoid App-Buyer’s Remorse 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.
Apps for Learning Letters Montessori Intro to Letters: Montessori Intro to Letters: $4.99 There are SO many letter-tracing apps! A stylus would be helpful when using these apps.
Apps for Phonological Awareness Chicktionary for iPad: Chicktionary for iPad: Free Phonics Tic Tac Toe: Phonics Tic Tac Toe: Free Sound Sorting: Beginning Sounds: Sound Sorting: Beginning Sounds: $1.99
Apps for Phonological Awareness Phonics Silly Sentences - Short Vowels Flash Card, Matching and Sentences: Phonics Silly Sentences - Short Vowels Flash Card, Matching and Sentences: $2.99 Phonics Silly Sentences 2 - Flash Cards, Matching, and Silly Sentences Long Vowels: Phonics Silly Sentences 2 - Flash Cards, Matching, and Silly Sentences Long Vowels: $2.99 Phonics Vowels: Phonics Vowels: $2.99 Phonics Made Easy: Phonics Made Easy: $4.99