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What are your criteria for evaluating web-based and mobile apps?

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Accessibility
by NikPeachey
Will all of your students be able to use the app?
 
It's always good to look for apps that work across a range of platforms and aren't limited to Win... more
4
 
It is a good idea, because it'll be easier to evaluate, but mayabe you will need to find another ... more
by Joel Antonio Espinosa Barrios
1
 
15

laurence, Sally, Rossana and 12 more

Digital literacy
by NikPeachey
Does it help students to develop a useful digital literacy?
 
This is rather vague
 
If digital literacy is contextualised and authentic, students can develop a view of how to use ne... more
by Florence Dujardin
1
10

Sonja, Alessandra Cannelli, Katja Kranjec and 7 more

Price
by NikPeachey
Is it free or affordable? Are there any discounts for educational use etc?
 
Free is great, but sometimes it's worth paying for something to get a better and more reliable se... more
2
 
We can't expect our students to pay to use technology, so what we use with them must be free.
 
Price might be a criteria NOT to use something, but surely not a reason TO use something.
10

Sonja, Daniela Bunea, Jonathan and 7 more

Learning goal / outcome
Is there an obvious (or less obvious) learning outcome that can emerge from using the tool?
 
Learning goals don't always have to be linguistic
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9

Daniela Bunea, Phil Longwell, Jonathan and 6 more

Learnable / teachable
by NikPeachey
How long will it take you / students to learn how to use the app? Apps should be quick and easy t... more
 
Students / teachers need to be able to learn how to use the app quickly. Anything too complicated... more
8

Katja Kranjec, Phil Longwell, Revathi and 5 more

Interaction - Communication
by NikPeachey
Does the app support some form of interaction or communication?
 
Apps that involve communication are likely to generate wore language practice
 
Interaction is all very well, but does it generate language practice that is appropriate to learn... more
1
 
Depends what the learning goals are - there seems to be a mistaken idea that interaction is alway... more
2
8

Sonja, Sally, Nadia Nuseir and 5 more

Authenticity
by NikPeachey
Is it something that students would use outside the classroom in their everyday lives?
 
Using 'real life' apps can help to develop students' digital literacy
1
 
If the app is part of their life they will see more benefit from it and are more likely to use it.
1
 
Everything is authentic - it's what you do with it that may or not be. The importance of task aut... more
7

Sonja, Daniela Bunea, Katja Kranjec and 4 more

Registration
by NikPeachey
Do students need to register and remember a password in order to use it?
 
Using tools that don't require registration can be much less problematic and get things moving a ... more
 
If students don't need to register, then their contributions can be harder to trace so this could... more
6

Sally, Revathi, Victoria and 3 more

Security
by NikPeachey
Is there any risk involved in using the app? Does it open the students to contact from inappropri... more
 
Check for ways to block or report inappropriate use and find out what privacy settings exist
1
 
You can take security a bit too seriously. Be realistic about the level of threat and damage that... more
 
!!! Alarming that a teacher might think that we can take security too seriously.
4

Sonja, Revathi, D. Healey and 1 more

Reuseable
by NikPeachey
Can the app be used more than once for more than one purpose? Can it become a regular classroom t... more
 
Apps that can be used for different activities reduce the need to retrain for every app
1
4

Phil Longwell, Revathi, M. Casals and 1 more

Context
by NikPeachey
Is it for student use, teacher / student use or teacher use only? Where would it be more appropri... more
 
The more open is the context, the more impact both the app and the teacher's goal are going to ha... more
by Jose Garcia
0
Business model
by NikPeachey
Can you identify the business model which funds the app? If it's free, is there a premium version... more
 
A service that has some sort of business model is more likely to last longer than one that just g... more
 
The business model could be advertising or sharing your data, so be careful and find out before y... more
1
0
Prolonged use
by NikPeachey
Does the app need to be used over a period of time to get satisfactory results?
 
Students often loose interest if they have to use an app for a long period of time to see results.
1
 
Prolonged use of a tool can help to build learner autonomy and good study habits.
0

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