I’ve been fooling around in the app store a lot lately. Maybe I have too much time on my hands, but I find it fascinating to see what is out there in the educational app world.
One thing that has me puzzled, though, is how to go about choosing from among the thousands of educational apps that are in there. The information that the app store requires a vendor to provide is pretty lean…it’s just stuff about the features of the app, not really the benefits it is supposed to provide. So I know about what devices the app runs on, the category it fits into, and usually there is a screenshot of two.
But in looking through the education category, it’s hard for me to tell what is educational about these apps. I mean, what is my kid supposed to be able to do once she uses the app? Is it educational or is it really just entertainment wrapped around some educational content that makes it seem educational? Moreover, it’s so time-consuming to forage around in there. I find that sometimes I just give up and buy something, figuring I’ll just try it out. But that’s pretty much hit-or-miss and even at $1.99 the purchases start to add up!
I’ve visited a number of app review sites to get input from those folks. I’ve been surprised (and heartened) by how many well-intentioned teachers and parents there are out there trying to help the rest of us out. It can be helpful to see what other people have used and liked. But even those sites seem pretty subjective to me.
How do you guys decide what to buy when purchasing educational apps? What has your experience been and what has worked (or not worked) for you in making those purchasing decisions? Any tips or tricks you could share would be really helpful to us all! Let’s see if we can pull together a helpful list and I’ll publish it in another post!
Happy shopping and happy weekend!