Finding and Evaluating iOS Apps

TCEA 2015

How to Find Educational Apps

Fnd - Search the App Store and iTunes for topics of interest. Search results will include apps, music, movies, books, podcasts. You can narrow your search to just include app results.

*Participate Learning - Allows you to search by topic similiar to Fnd, but all of the results on Participate Learning have been recommended by an educator. Less results overall, but possibly better quality finds. Search results can include apps, videos and websites.

*Bridging Apps Dashboard - Find apps for students with special needs.

APPitic - Directory of education apps from Apple Distinguished Educators.

Merlot - App recommendations by grade level. Allows for keyword search or browsing.

Common Sense Media - Reviews and recommendations of apps, games and websites.

Check the top charts in the App Store - You can look at the top chart for the education category and see what is the most popular and also which are free.

Check out Apple's recommendations -

*TCEA's Ipad Apps List - Let the folks at TCEA do the leg work for you! They have apps categorized by subject and topics. Note: this is a member's only area

*Free Must Have Ipad Apps - These lists on various education topics are available for FREE from TCEA.

How to Evaluate iOS Apps

* - App rubric designed by an elementary principal.

* - Several rubric options from Kathy Schrock. - iEvaluate Apps for Special Needs.

* - Google Form iPad rubric for librarians. - Mobile Application Selection Review.

* - Rubric for student evaluation of apps.

Adapted from Lori Gracey's Finding and Evaluating iOS Apps presentation at TCEA's Tots and Technology confrence, 2015.