My Coke is diet, my apps are lite

I was thinking of calling this entry, “Hey, this app is crap!” but I felt a little skittish about being crude in the title — okay, so I’ll just be crude in the first line.

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

2. Authenticity

3. Feedback

4. Differentiation

5. User friendliness

6. Student motivation

7. Reporting

8. Sound

9. Instructions

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!

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About geralynarango

Hello! My name is Geralyn Arango. I write two blogs about two very different topics: Down Gluten, Down Lactose, Down syndrome is about my family's search for a normal life in the face of my son's dietary restrictions, his disability and his wonderfulness. Dr. Mom and the iPads is a blog about my journey to the use of the iPad as an educational tool for my son who has Down syndrome and for the special education majors I teach at a university in Philadelphia. I love to write and hope through these blogs to engage in conversation with people who share an interest in either or both of my blog topics. I am also in the process of revising a soon-to-be published memoir on caregiving...I hope you will stick around until it's ready to go! G

2 responses to “My Coke is diet, my apps are lite

  1. I can live with a crap app if it’s under $5, but I’ve had to delete the few that I’ve paid upwards of $5 for because I can’t bear to look at my mistakes. My Coke is Zero, but my apps are definitely Lite whenever possible, too… grrrrrr…

  2. The reading app mentioned in this blog was free so I didn’t lose any money with my poor selection. However, our children’s time is priceless and can’t be wasted on silly apps that don’t motivate and lead to improved understanding.

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