My friend Helen inspired today’s post because she was disappointed in an app she had found. As a reading specialist, she did not see the app as having a viable purpose — simple vocab but complicated activities…I respect her knowledge of reading enough to know that there was something to this. I forgot to ask her whether she bought the app outright or had just grown to hate the lite version.
I love lite versions of apps. They give me the opportunity to kick an apps tires before committing what are sometimes big enough bucks to its purchase. But no cost, low cost or high, what keeps an app from being crap?
According to tech guru Kathy Schrock, there are several criteria.
1. Curriculum connection
5. User friendliness
6. Student motivation
10. Support page
I will describe these in future blog posts. In the meantime, send along your favorites — and if you find any crappy ones, let us know those too!