Monday Made It! App Review Rubric for Kid Critics

22 July 2013
                               Time for 4th Grade Frolic's Monday Made it.
Last week Brandee created a Rubric for scoring iMovie Trailers (which I think is just a great idea) and it made me think a little bit about what I want my students to do with technology when it's in their hands.  So I made a simple one-sheet Student App Review Rubric.
There are 5 sections and each can be graded 0-4, so an app could score 20 points, which would be a perfect score.  And no, Candy Crush does not get a perfect score.  


 I want my students to understand and analyze apps they use and figure out what works, what doesn't, then share their findings.  This fits both in Bloom's Tax. and CCSS while creating authentic learning opportunities for these students because they'd be sharing results with others.  I didn't want to create rubrics that would be too difficult for kids to understand either, which was a concern as I started this.  Honestly, I looked around the web to see what categories/interests would best fit a student reviewer and tailored this rubric from the fabric others (oooh, fancy writin').

You can actually get a copy here (Google Docs) or you can jump over to my TPT store and download a free version there.  I'm genuinely excited about this because it just adds to student's depths of understanding then sharing their findings.

Now I realize this will be a learning process at the beginning, but I think over time this could become second nature for students.  Also (and ideally) the rubric is just the starting point.  Eventually kids would take the rubrics and turn them into written reviews (blog, paper, etc.), but that is further down the line.

If you've got other ideas, links about this, or improvements: I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR THEM.


NEXT
My wife did a little Goodwill shopping and found an old beat-up end table.  
I was promptly asked to reMAKE it so I gave it a 
coat of red and a layer or antiquing/aging oil.
This is the finished product.  
I know you can't see the whole thing, but notice the antiquing stripes?
A little This Old House thing is going on... 

NEXT
I spent a little time redoing character trait maps that I use and turnied them into foldables.  Given the chance my students will take cutting, gluing, and writing over simple worksheets.  And that is fine with me.

And Finally:
I made a collection of TASK CARD Templates that will fit 8.5x11 paper (portrait and landscape).  There are over 40 different png files that all vary in color.  Plus the templates can be for 2, 3, 4, or 6 cards in a page.


That's it.  Time to start another week of making!
Who am I kidding...
Time to Start Getting Ready For a Real Vacation!


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