A. Efficiency - 6.7
B. Functionality - 6.7
C. Design - 7.3
Gabriel Seeds: A Tool for Making Apps!
Summary : Making apps for your own students
Gabriel Seeds is designed to allow users to create their own apps. To begin, users will need to register with the website. Next, a welcome message will appear with a link to a manual. It is very important users access the manual, as it will provide step-by-step instructions for designing apps in this website. As users follow the manual, they will be able to choose the skills, background music, rewards, and other features/options they can include in their app.
After creating their app, users can click the “File” button and choose the “Edit” option to make changes to their app. If users wish to play their app, they can click the name of the app, and the website will load it. Users can also provide other users with access to their app by choosing the “Sharing” option and sending another user the direct link to the app. (Please note, users who received the link to the app will need to have their own account.) Finally, users can click the “Sell” option and enter in the information to allow other users to purchase their app.
Instructional Ideas for Gabriel’s Seeds
- Teachers can design an app and then share it with their students. That way, teachers can provide students a mini-lesson about a topic and then have students engage the app the teacher created to reinforce those skills related to that topic.
- Teachers can create a variety of apps using this website and provide direct links to them on their classroom website or another content management system, such as Padlet or Board. When parents/guardians visit during an open house or at a conference, teachers can share with them how to access the apps they created and encourage them to use the apps with their students at home to reinforce school learning.
- After creating an app, teachers can share it with their students and ask them for feedback. Teachers can then take their feedback and make revisions to the app with the goal of designing the app, so it engages all the learners.
- While designing the app, teachers can arrange to incentive the reward feature in the app, so it connects with tangible benefits in the classroom (e.g., homework passes, free writing utensils, etc.). In this way, students will have a tangible benefit for positive work.
- In a professional learning community, teachers can collaborate on the development of an app using this website. They can then use the app in their classroom with their students. Following that experience, the teachers can meet again and share their experiences and make any revisions to the app.
|B2. Collaboration & Communication
|B3. Ability to Save Progress
|B5. Platform Integration
|C2. Ease of Use
|C5. Screen Design
|C6. Information Presentation
|C7. Media Integration
|C8. Free of Distractors
Screenshots of Gabriel’s Seeds