What Now

Thought I’d share this recent guest blog post that I wrote for EdTech Digest. App integration in the classroom is a challenge for so many teachers…hope this helps!

EdTech Digest

5 questions for integrating apps in the classroom.

GUEST COLUMN | by Karen Mahon

CREDIT Balefire LabsYou’re on a roll. You have new tablet devices in your classroom or school. You’ve learned how to use them. You’ve done your planning and have an Acceptable Use Policy. And, of course, you’ve selected some instructional apps that sound like they’ll be great for your students.

But now you’re confronted with actually implementing these apps. And you’re wondering, “What now?” These five questions will help get you started.

There aren’t too many perfect apps out there. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still use them meaningfully.

  1. “What does this app teach my students to do?”

Never mind what the description in the app store says. Use the app yourself and describe what skills the app teaches. Pay no attention to what the students are expected to “understand” or “know.” Put an action verb in there!…

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About karen mahon

i am a behavior and learning scientist. i hold an ed.d. in educational psychology and am trained as an instructional designer. i have spent more than 15 years working in education and instructional software design.
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