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iPad App Review Assignment

Lindsay Evens EDU 571: Technology for the Elementary Classroom Medaille College

Mary Beth Scumaci August 5, 2017

1. ELA Reading App Subject Area: English Language Arts: Reading App Title: Story Patch App Price:

1. ELA Reading App

Subject Area: English Language Arts: Reading App Title: Story Patch App Price: $2.99 Languages: English

Rationale: Story Patch helps users to create and tell stories in a fun way. There are lots of different illustrations and customizations available. This application allows students to easily tell stories and to be creative by creating story lines, and developing characters. This app is ideal for prereaders and early readers, making it suitable for Grade 1. Using this app to support students story telling will help to engage more students. Some students may be very successful using traditional story development methods, but by enhancing this experience through technology teachers can engage students who prefer visuals and those who may struggle with writing by providing a fun and interactive experience.

Standards:

ISTE Standards for Students

6b Creative Communicator: Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

ISTE Standards for Teacher

6c Facilitator: Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.

New York State P-12 Common Core Standards

Standard Strand: Reading Standards for Literature [RL] Grade: 1 Topic: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Item number and statement: 7. Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting or events.

Ontario Curriculum Expectations

Standard Strand: Reading Grade: 1 Overall Expectations: By the end of Grade 1, students will: 1. read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary, graphic, and informational texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning. Specific Expectation: Reading for Meaning Demonstrating Understanding 1.4 demonstrate understanding of a text by retelling the story or restating infromation from the text, including the main idea (e.g., retell a story or restate facts, including the main idea and important events, in accurate time order; role-lay or dramatize a story or informational text using puppets or props).

2. ELA Writing App Subject Area: English Language Arts: Writing App Title: Writing Challenge for Kids

2. ELA Writing App

Subject Area: English Language Arts: Writing App Title: Writing Challenge for Kids App Price: Free Languages: English, Spanish

Rationale: This app is fun and easy to use to support students when planning and writing stories. This app prompts students with various ideas to get them started on their stories. The app refers to different means used to develop their stories such as setting or character to help their ideas continue to flow! This free app will be a great way to help students who are encountering writers block or those who are having trouble getting their stories started. It will also help to engage students who enjoy working with technology.

Standards:

ISTE Standards for Students

1c Empowered Learning: Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their pactice to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

ISTE Standards for Teacher

5b Designer: Design authentic learning activities that alighn with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

New York State P-12 Common Core Standards

Standard Strand: Writing Standards K-5 [W] Grade: 1 Topic: Text Types and Purposes Item number and statement: 3. Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

Ontario Curriculum Expectations

Standard Strand: Writing Grade: 1 Overall Expectation: By the end of Grade 1, students will: 1. generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience. Specific Expectation: 1. Developing and Organizing Content Developing Ideas 1.2 generate ideas about a potential topic, using a variety of strategies and resources (e.g., ask questions to identify personal experiences, prior knowledge, and information needs; brainstorm ideas with the class).

3. ENL App Subject Area: English Language Arts: Speaking App Title: Duolingo App Price: Free Languages:

3. ENL App

Subject Area: English Language Arts: Speaking App Title: Duolingo App Price: Free Languages: English, Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified

Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Rationale: This app is very easy to use. Once you download it, it will begin to assess your current level within a language and guide you through your learning from there. There are different modules within each language course that are grouped together and form your skills. Throughout, user progress is celebrated and shared. The app will prompt you regularly to ensure you stay on track and reminds you to login regularly to stay on top of your learning. This app will help students to reinforce the language learning that they experience in the classroom and also comes in a kids-specific version and teachers can now track student progress!

Standards:

ISTE Standards for Students

1c Empowered Learner: Students use technology to seek feedback atht informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

ISTE Standards for Teacher

5a Designer: Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

New York State P-12 Common Core Standards

Standard Strand: Speaking and Listening Standards K5 [SL] Grade: 1 Topic: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas Item number and statement: 4. Describe people, places, things and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.

Ontario Curriculum Expectations

Standard Strand: Language Oral Communication Grade: 1 Overall Expectation: By the end of Grade 1, students will: 2. use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes. Specific Expectation: Appropriate Language 2.4 choose appropriate words to communicate their meaning accurately and engage the interest of their audience (e.g., choose words relevant to the topic from the full range of their vocabulary, including new words used regularly in the classroom; use descriptive adjectives to larify and add interst to a narrative; use inclusive language that conveys respect for all people).

4. SWD App Subject Area: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies App Title: First Then Visual

4. SWD App

Subject Area: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies App Title: First Then Visual Schedule App Price: $9.99 Languages: English

Rationale: Although the price is high, this app could be greatly beneficial to students who need some additional support with time management, staying on task, being motivated by what comes next, and those who benefit from knowing the sequence of events. This app has a variety of viewing options which helps all users, but especially those with a visual impairment. Users can leverage the countdown and interval timers for the completion of an entire schedule or each step of a schedule. This app allows you to create and use different visual supports, including: visual schedules, boards, choice boards, video models, stories and task analyses.

Standards:

ISTE Standards for Students

1a Empowered Learner: Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

ISTE Standards for Teacher

5a Designer : Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and commodate learner differences and needs.

New York State P-12 Common Core Standards

Standard Strand: Mathematics Grade: 1 Topic: Measurement and Data: Tell and write time and money. Item number and statement: 3. Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks. Recognize and identify coins, their names, and their value.

Ontario Curriculum Expectations

Standard Strand: Mathematics Number Sense and Numeration Grade: 1 Overall Expectation: By the end of Grade1, students will: read, represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 50, and use concrete materials to investigate fractions and money amounts. Specific Expectation: Counting use ordinal numbers to thirty-first in meaningful contexts (e.g., identify the days of the month on a calendar).

5. Content Area 1 - Math App Subject Area: Mathematics App Title: First Grade Splash Math

5. Content Area 1 - Math App

Subject Area: Mathematics App Title: First Grade Splash Math Learning Practice for Kids App Price: $9.99 Languages: English, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish,

Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Rationale: The First Grade Splash Math Learning Practice for Kids app is fun and motivating for students. Kids can track their progress and achieve aquarium rewards to keep them going. Directions for each activity are provided in text, aloud or through animation. This app goes into math topics in depth and students are motivated by earning fish to add to their aquarium. This app is a great way for students to reinforce their in- class learning and provide additional support to students who are struggling or who would like additional practice. This is a fun and interactive way to motivate students to learn and enjoy math.

Standards:

ISTE Standards for Students

1c Empowered Learner: Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

ISTE Standards for Teacher

5a Designer : Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

New York State P-12 Common Core Standards

Standard Strand: Mathematics Operations & Algebraic Thinking 1.OA Grade: 1 Topic: Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction. Item number and statement: 2. Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

Ontario Curriculum Expectations

Standard Strand: Mathematics Grade: 1 Overall Expectation: By the end of Grade 1, students will: solve problems invovling the addition and subtraction of single-digit whole numbers, using a variety of strategies. Specific Expectation: Operational Sense solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of single-digit whole numbers, using a variety of mental strategies (e.g., one more than, one less than, counting on, counting back, doubles).

6. Content Area 2 - Science App Subject Area: Science App Title: GazziliScience App Price: $1.99

6. Content Area 2 - Science App

Subject Area: Science App Title: GazziliScience App Price: $1.99 Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

Rationale: GazziliScience is part of the GazziliWorld app family. This app teaches students about science through their tours where a narrator explains a lesson in sequence with opportunities throughout for students to pause, interact, and review. GazziliScience is an interactive tool for students to gain an understanding of an entire lesson through great visuals and activities for reinforcement.

Standards:

ISTE Standards for Students

1a Empowered Learner: Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

ISTE Standards for Teacher

5b Designer : Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning

New York State P-12 Common Core Standards

Standard Strand: Science Grade: 1 Topic: Standard 1: Analysis, Inquiry, and Design Item number and statement: The central purpose of scientify inquiry is to develop explanations of natural phenomena in a continuing, creative process. S1.1 Ask “why” questions in attempts to seek greater understanding concerning objects and events they have observed and heard about. S1.1a observe and discuss objects and events and record observations.

Ontario Curriculum Expectations

Standard Strand: Science & Technology Grade: 1 Overall Expectation: By the end of Grade 1, students will: 2. investigate needs and characteristics of plants and animals, including humans. Specific Expectation: 2. Developing Investigation and Communication Skills 2.3 investigate and compare the physical characteristics of a variety of plants and animals, including humans (e.g., some plants produce flowers and some do not; most plants have roots; some animals have two legs, while others have four; all animals have sense organs).

7. Your Choice – Grade 1 App Subject Area: English Language Arts: Writing, and Mathematics App

7. Your Choice Grade 1 App

Subject Area: English Language Arts: Writing, and Mathematics App Title: TeachMe: 1st Grade App Price: $1.99 Languages: English

Rationale: This app is part of the TeachMe family of educational apps. This application covers sight words, spelling, addition and subtraction by identifying and understanding the users written responses. As a result, writing and spelling are incorporated into the use of the application. There is a coin reward system to keep

users motivated and the coins can be spent on rewards such as a virtual aquarium or making a creative scene in

the art store.

It’s great that students can integrate and enhance their writing skills while learning about other

subjects such as math.

Standards:

ISTE Standards for Students

1c Empowered Learner: Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

ISTE Standards for Teacher

5b Designer : Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

New York State P-12 Common Core Standards

Standard Strand: Reading Standards for Foundational Skills (Fluency) K5 [RF] Grade: 1 Topic: Fluency Item number and statement: 4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. 4a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

Ontario Curriculum Expectations

Standard Strand: Reading Grade: 1 Overall Expectation: By the end of Grade 1, students will: 4. use knowledge of wrods and cueing systems to read fluently. Specific Expectation: 3. Reading with Fluency 3.1 Reading Familiar Words: automatically read and understand some high-frequency words and words of personal interest or significance, in a variety of reading contexts (e.g., the same word in different graphic representations such as:

on the word wall; in shared-, guided-, and independent-reading texts; on shared- and interactive- writing charts; in personal writing; in a variety of fonts)

8. Your Choice – Math App Subject Area: Mathematics App Title: Monster Math App Price: Free

8. Your Choice Math App

Subject Area: Mathematics App Title: Monster Math App Price: Free Languages: English

Rationale: This math game app helps students to practice their math skills by completing math problems to

progress through a story. Users can select what math skills they want to learn about at a given time. Users can name their monster, and then they use this monster to progress through the story in order to rescue their best friend. There are multiple levels which will lend itself well to supporting students at varying learning levels at

the same time. Teachers can obtain reports on their students’ progress and then use this information to focus

their teaching on areas of opportunity for students and customize learning to student needs.

Standards:

ISTE Standards for Students

6d. Technology Operations & Concepts: Transfer current knowledge to learning new technologies

ISTE Standards for Teacher

5a Designer : Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

New York State P-12 Common Core Standards

Standard Strand: Mathematics Operations & Algebraic Thinking 1.OA Grade: 1 Topic: Work with addition and subtraction equations. Item number and statement: 7. Understand the eaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false. For example, which of the following equations are true and which are false? 6=6, 7=8-1, 5+2=2+5, 4+1=5+2.

Ontario Curriculum Expectations

Standard Strand: Mathematics Grade: 1 Overall Expectation: By the end of Grade 1, students will solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of single-digit whole numbers, using a variety of strategies. Specific Expectation: Operational Sense: solve problems involving addition and subtraction of single-digit whole numbers, using a variety of mental strategies (e.g., one more than, one less than, counting on, couting back, doubles).