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Name: __Tarah Richards_____ Date:____3-22-2017________

CRITICAL EVALUATION OF AN CONTENT-BASED IPAD/IPOD APP


©2011-2014 Kathleen Schrock (kathy@kathyschrock.net)
iPads for Teaching site: http://ipads4teaching.net

What is the title of the app? __HippoCampus___ Cost: Free_


Creator of the app ___The NROC Project____________iTunes URL or location__
http://www.hippocampus.org/HippoCampus/History%20%26%20Government_______________________
Content area(s): ____History_____ Grade level(s): __middle school______

Level(s) of Bloom’s Taxonomy addressed with this app- highlight those that apply

Remembering Understanding Applying Analyzing Evaluating Creating

Content and components of the app: Answer yes, no, or N/A

1. Curriculum connection: Are the skills reinforced connected to targeted skill/concept? Yes
2. Authenticity: Are skills practiced in an authentic format/problem-based environment? Yes
3. Feedback: Is feedback specific and result in improved student performance? N/A
4. Differentiation: Does the app offers flexibility to alter settings to meet student needs? N/A
5. User friendliness: Can students launch and navigate within the app independently? Yes
6. Student motivation: Are students motivated to use the app and select it to use often? N/A
7. Reporting: Is assessment/summary data available electronically to the student/teacher? No
8. Sound: Does the music/sound in the app add to the educational aspects of the content? No
9. Instructions: Are the instructions included within the app helpful to the student? Yes
10. Support page: Does the app’s supporting Web page provide additional useful information? Yes

Summary of the app 6-8 sentences


Using the data you have collected above, explain why you would or would not recommend this
application for use in the classroom. Include any specific ideas you have for its use.

The HippoCampus is a great learning website for students. It offers multiple games for students to learn
from. This is a good website for review. It offers middle schools students a change to revisit the content
learned on class and learn on their own. The Nevada Standard it covers would be would be:
H2.[6-8].8 Determine the significance of the first and second Continental
Congress and the Committees of Correspondence.
H2.[6-8].9 Describe the events, course, and results of the American
Revolution, including the contributions of women, African Americans, and
Native Americans.
Name: _____________________________________ Date:____________
CRITICAL EVALUATION OF AN CONTENT-BASED IPAD/IPOD APP
©2011-2014 Kathleen Schrock (kathy@kathyschrock.net)
iPads for Teaching site: http://ipads4teaching.net

What is the title of the app? ____Do I Have a Right?_ Cost: __free__
Creator of the app founded by Sandra Day O’Connor iTunes URL or location____www.icivics.org/games__
Content area(s): ___government___ _Grade level(s): __all_

Level(s) of Bloom’s Taxonomy addressed with this app- highlight those that apply

Remembering Understanding Applying Analyzing Evaluating Creating

Content and components of the app: Answer yes, no, or N/A

1. Curriculum connection: Are the skills reinforced connected to targeted skill/concept? Yes
2. Authenticity: Are skills practiced in an authentic format/problem-based environment? Yes
3. Feedback: Is feedback specific and result in improved student performance? N/A
4. Differentiation: Does the app offers flexibility to alter settings to meet student needs? No
5. User friendliness: Can students launch and navigate within the app independently? Yes
6. Student motivation: Are students motivated to use the app and select it to use often? Yes
7. Reporting: Is assessment/summary data available electronically to the student/teacher? N/A
8. Sound: Does the music/sound in the app add to the educational aspects of the content? N/A
9. Instructions: Are the instructions included within the app helpful to the student? Yes
10. Support page: Does the app’s supporting Web page provide additional useful information? Yes

Summary of the app 6-8 sentences


Using the data you have collected above, explain why you would or would not recommend this
application for use in the classroom. Include any specific ideas you have for its use.

This is a great website to learn civics. Judge Sandra Day O’Connor founded it, to help students learn about
the government and how it functions. Students can learn about the different levels of government and
presidential rights. The Do I Have a Right? covers the Nevada Social Studies Standard: C14 .[6-8].5
Explain the functions of the three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) as found in
the U.S. and Nevada Constitutions.
Name: _____________________________________ Date:____________
CRITICAL EVALUATION OF AN CONTENT-BASED IPAD/IPOD APP
©2011-2014 Kathleen Schrock (kathy@kathyschrock.net)
iPads for Teaching site: http://ipads4teaching.net

What is the title of the app? The Gold Rush Cost: __Free_
Creator of the app _American Experience___ iTunes URL or location__
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/goldrush/sfeature/game.html_
Content area(s): ___History______________________________________________ Grade level(s): _all_______

Level(s) of Bloom’s Taxonomy addressed with this app- highlight those that apply

Remembering Understanding Applying Analyzing Evaluating Creating

Content and components of the app: Answer yes, no, or N/A

1. Curriculum connection: Are the skills reinforced connected to targeted skill/concept? Yes
2. Authenticity: Are skills practiced in an authentic format/problem-based environment? Yes
3. Feedback: Is feedback specific and result in improved student performance? Yes
4. Differentiation: Does the app offers flexibility to alter settings to meet student needs? NO
5. User friendliness: Can students launch and navigate within the app independently? Yes
6. Student motivation: Are students motivated to use the app and select it to use often? Yes
7. Reporting: Is assessment/summary data available electronically to the student/teacher? no
8. Sound: Does the music/sound in the app add to the educational aspects of the content? no
9. Instructions: Are the instructions included within the app helpful to the student? yes
10. Support page: Does the app’s supporting Web page provide additional useful information? N/A

Summary of the app 6-8 sentences


Using the data you have collected above, explain why you would or would not recommend this
application for use in the classroom. Include any specific ideas you have for its use.

The Gold Rush fulfills the Nevada Social Studies Standards:


H2.[6-8].16 Define the concept of Manifest Destiny and explain the events that led to the expansion of the
United States.
H2.[6-8].17 Discuss and analyze the interactions between pioneers and Native Americans during the
westward expansion.
This game helps students experience the Gold Rush. It is a fun game to play and aligns with the
curriculum and gives students an glimpse to life during that century.
Name: _____________________________________ Date:____________
CRITICAL EVALUATION OF AN CONTENT-BASED IPAD/IPOD APP
©2011-2014 Kathleen Schrock (kathy@kathyschrock.net)
iPads for Teaching site: http://ipads4teaching.net

What is the title of the app? ___Sheppard Software____ Cost: __Free___


Creator of the app ___Brad Sheppard Jr and Jasmine Chapgar_ iTunes URL or
location__www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm___
Content area(s): __world geography___________ Grade level(s): __6-8_

Level(s) of Bloom’s Taxonomy addressed with this app- highlight those that apply

Remembering Understanding Applying Analyzing Evaluating Creating

Content and components of the app: Answer yes, no, or N/A

1. Curriculum connection: Are the skills reinforced connected to targeted skill/concept?


2. Authenticity: Are skills practiced in an authentic format/problem-based environment?
3. Feedback: Is feedback specific and result in improved student performance?
4. Differentiation: Does the app offers flexibility to alter settings to meet student needs?
5. User friendliness: Can students launch and navigate within the app independently?
6. Student motivation: Are students motivated to use the app and select it to use often?
7. Reporting: Is assessment/summary data available electronically to the student/teacher?
8. Sound: Does the music/sound in the app add to the educational aspects of the content?
9. Instructions: Are the instructions included within the app helpful to the student?
10. Support page: Does the app’s supporting Web page provide additional useful information?

Summary of the app 6-8 sentences


Using the data you have collected above, explain why you would or would not recommend this
application for use in the classroom. Include any specific ideas you have for its use.

The Sheppard Software website has multiple games that help students develop an understanding of the
world. Students can learn about different countries and can identify them. The games offered help
students learn the countries faster. The Nevada Social Studies Standard is G7.[6-8].1 Describe
characteristics of developing and developed countries using demographic concepts.
Name: _____________________________________ Date:____________
CRITICAL EVALUATION OF AN CONTENT-BASED IPAD/IPOD APP
©2011-2014 Kathleen Schrock (kathy@kathyschrock.net)
iPads for Teaching site: http://ipads4teaching.net

What is the title of the app? _Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe__ Cost: _$1.99_
Creator of the app Brian Cox___ iTunes URL or location_[Apple] https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brian-
coxs-wonders-universe/id508465867?mt=8__
Content area(s): ___the Universe______ Grade level(s): __6-12____

Level(s) of Bloom’s Taxonomy addressed with this app- highlight those that apply

Remembering Understanding Applying Analyzing Evaluating Creating

Content and components of the app: Answer yes, no, or N/A

1. Curriculum connection: Are the skills reinforced connected to targeted skill/concept? yes
2. Authenticity: Are skills practiced in an authentic format/problem-based environment? no
3. Feedback: Is feedback specific and result in improved student performance? no
4. Differentiation: Does the app offers flexibility to alter settings to meet student needs? n/a
5. User friendliness: Can students launch and navigate within the app independently? yes
6. Student motivation: Are students motivated to use the app and select it to use often? yes
7. Reporting: Is assessment/summary data available electronically to the student/teacher? no
8. Sound: Does the music/sound in the app add to the educational aspects of the content? n/a
9. Instructions: Are the instructions included within the app helpful to the student? n/a
10. Support page: Does the app’s supporting Web page provide additional useful information? n/a

Summary of the app 6-8 sentences


Using the data you have collected above, explain why you would or would not recommend this
application for use in the classroom. Include any specific ideas you have for its use.

Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe complete the Nevada Social Studies Standard G5.[6-8].1 Use map
elements, including scale, to identify and locate physical and human features in the United States and the
world. The Universe is a vast place and students can use this app to learn their place in it. This app might
work better in the science department.
Name: _____________________________________ Date:____________
CRITICAL EVALUATION OF AN CONTENT-BASED IPAD/IPOD APP
©2011-2014 Kathleen Schrock (kathy@kathyschrock.net)
iPads for Teaching site: http://ipads4teaching.net

What is the title of the app? ___Khan Academy_____ Cost: __free____


Creator of the app _Sal Khan______ iTunes URL or location____www.khanacademy.org
Content area(s): ___math and financial _____________________ Grade level(s): __all__

Level(s) of Bloom’s Taxonomy addressed with this app- highlight those that apply

Remembering Understanding Applying Analyzing Evaluating Creating

Content and components of the app: Answer yes, no, or N/A

1. Curriculum connection: Are the skills reinforced connected to targeted skill/concept? yes
2. Authenticity: Are skills practiced in an authentic format/problem-based environment? yes
3. Feedback: Is feedback specific and result in improved student performance? yes
4. Differentiation: Does the app offers flexibility to alter settings to meet student needs? n/a
5. User friendliness: Can students launch and navigate within the app independently? yes
6. Student motivation: Are students motivated to use the app and select it to use often? yes
7. Reporting: Is assessment/summary data available electronically to the student/teacher? no
8. Sound: Does the music/sound in the app add to the educational aspects of the content? no
9. Instructions: Are the instructions included within the app helpful to the student? yes
10. Support page: Does the app’s supporting Web page provide additional useful information? yes

Summary of the app 6-8 sentences


Using the data you have collected above, explain why you would or would not recommend this
application for use in the classroom. Include any specific ideas you have for its use.

The Khan Academy offers financial support to students and completes the Nevada Social Studies
Standard E10.[6-8].3 Explain why riskier loans command higher interest rates than safer loans. The Khan
Acadmey offers tutorials and lessons on how the financial market works. Students and parents should
access this site to better understand the financial market. It offers information on the stock market,
investing, compound interest, etc… all which help students understand money and its impact in the
world.