Thing 28: App-palooza!

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It’s App-palooza time! If you have an iOS device like an iPad of iPhone, you’re very familiar with the iTunes app store. And for the multitude of Android devices, the Google Play store is your app source. Are you a Chromebooks school? Then you probably know the Chrome app store quite well.

Finding and choosing apps for your own use and for student use can be overwhelming since there are thousands of apps to choose from. This is why we decided to give you a lesson on apps and time to explore.

Apps can serve so many different purposes: easy access to digital content, tools for organizing research, assessments of student work, classroom management tools, tons of tools for creating content and so much more. This lesson includes articles about using mobile devices and apps in school, sources for reviews of apps and some lists of apps to whet your appetite.

Don’t feel left out if you don’t have your own mobile device. Can you borrow one? Or find a friend who is willing to explore this topic with you? If not, you can still explore the readings and check out the reviews.


Remember, you don’t have to explore everything here. And don’t let the vast number of apps overwhelm you. Focus on what will help you in your work.

Articles, Background, Ideas

Sources for Apps and Reviews:

Some Recent Articles, Lists of Apps, Fun Ideas


This is a hard topic to assign a particular activity since each of you will have different access to mobile devices, or perhaps no access. With that in mind, here are some ideas for you to explore. As always, if you want to explore some other aspect of this topic, go for it!

Some activity ideas if you don’t have access to an iPad, Android or Chrome device:

  • Explore some of the lists of apps noted above and consider how you might be able to use them personally and/or in school.
  • Explore some of the articles about apps in school and reflect on what you might be able to do in your school.

Some activity ideas if you do have access to a mobile device:

  • Compare the app versions of your favorite tools with the web or desktop versions. eg: Evernote is very different on the web, iPad and Android.
  • Test out some new apps that you might consider using in school.
  • Brainstorm a school project where you could put these apps to use.
  • Do some of the App Task Challenges or create some of your own to share with your colleagues.


  • Share what resources you explored.
  • Did you find some apps you can use with your students?
  • Or apps that will make your life simpler?
  • Be sure to include education related ideas in your discussion.


  • Write & publish your blog post.
  • Copy the URL (webpage address) for your post.
  • Return to the Google Classroom assignment page, find the assignment page for the lesson you just completed and follow the directions for turning in and sharing your work.

*Only for students participating in the workshop for PD credit hours through the Google Classroom.

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