eLearning Resource: Evaluating Applications with Rubrics

A few weeks ago, we shared an article our readers titled There’s an App for That.  This article featured several websites and tools that make finding educational applications (or simply “apps” as they are commonly called) for various Apple devices an easier task.  Today, we are going to share another eLearning resource related to apps:  evaluation rubrics.

Rubrics can be a great way to evaluate just about anything. Well-developed rubrics are generally quick and easy to use.  When you use a rubric as an evaluation tool, you have the ability to grade several different things by the exact same criteria.  This can be very helpful when trying to compare things in an objective manner.  In an excellent compilation, Tony Vincent of Learning in Hand shares his educational app evaluating rubric as well as several other rubrics he has found useful.  Today we are going to feature a few of the rubrics we found the most interesting.

Educational App Evaluation Rubric by Tony Vincent

This is a very straightforward rubric that is simple and easy to use.  This rubric has seven criteria to rate on a one to four scale:  relevance, customization, feedback, thinking skills, usability, engagement, and sharing. Each rating choice within all of the criteria choices is clearly defined so the evaluator will be able to grade each app consistently.  This is a very handy rubric that will work well in evaluating a broad range of apps.  Mr. Vincent also developed an Educational App Evaluation Checklist which is basically a list of statements that the evaluator either finds true or false about the app.  The more checks an app receives, the better the app.  Again, this is a simple and easy to use app evaluation tool.

Mobile Application Selection Rubric

The Mobile Application Selection Rubric is another great rubric for its simplicity and ease of use.  There are ten categories on this particular rubric including “Aligned to Common Core Standards”, “Meets my Students Needs”, and “Scholastic Presentation”.  Each category is easily rated by choosing “Well Meets Need”, “Adequately Meets Need” or “Does Not Meet Need”.  Within each category a description of these three choices is also provided.  This is another education application evaluation rubric that would be well suited for a variety of applications.

Arizona Technology Integration Matrix

According to the Arizona K12 Center website, The Arizona Technology Integration Matrix is “designed to assist schools and districts in evaluating the level of technology integration in classrooms and to provide teachers with models of how technology can be integrated throughout instruction in meaningful ways.”  This rubric is a little more involved than the other two examples we have mentioned, but it allows the user to evaluate educational apps based on how they are being used in the classroom specifically regarding technology integration.  This online rubric has an additional feature of clickable links to sample lesson plans and videos for each level of each category.

As educators begin to incorporate technology and apps in the classroom more and more, it is important to take the time to evaluate the value of these resources to determine if these tools are in fact useful.  The rubrics we have shared here can be a very helpful tool in assessing chosen applications.

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