So you just downloaded a few educational apps that you think might be useful in your classroom. How do you accurately compare and contrast them? Thanks to a new app review rubric from by eMobilize, it’s easier than ever to understand just how useful an app may be in the classroom.
On a related note, the Edudemic Directory features many educational apps and lets you quickly compare them to see how they stack up. Give it a try today!
I’ve rewritten the original rubric from eMobilize and tailored it to fit all school districts. It’s now available in a printable format that you can use again and again. Just use the link below to download.
Download The Rubric Here (PDF)
Overview of the App
- App Title:
- App Publisher/Developer:
- Link to App Store:
- Yes/ No – Is it relevant to the curriculum framework?
- Please add any additional comments regarding implementation.
- Yes/ No – Is navigation easy? For example, index, contents, menus, clear icons
- Yes/ No – Is on-screen help and/or tutorial available?
- Yes/ No – Does it have multiple ability levels?
- Yes/ No – How does it respond to errors? For example, incorrect spelling.
- Yes/ No – Are there audio/video options with controls?
- Yes/ No – Can selected material be tagged, copied, pasted, saved, and printed?
- Yes/ No – Does it keep a history of the user’s work over a period of time?
- Yes/ No – Features that address special needs? E.g. physical, aural, visual, ESL.
- Yes/ No – What support materials are included? For example, online resources, booklet, lesson plans, student worksheets?
- Yes/ No – Does the material accommodate diverse ways in which students learn?
- Yes/ No – Is it developmentally and age appropriate?
- Yes/ No – Does it provide an opportunity to increase students’ understanding?
- Yes/ No – Does it provide an opportunity for higher order thinking?
- Yes/ No – Does it provide an opportunity for engagement and interaction?
- Yes/ No – Does it provide opportunity for collaborative practice & idea sharing?
- Yes/ No – Does it promote creativity and imagination?
- Yes/ No – Does it provide an opportunity for problem solving?
- Yes/ No – Does it provide feedback and assessment?