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Title of App: Avaz Australia

Cost: Free with in app


purchases

Creator of App: Avaz, Inc.

URL: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/avazaustralia-aac-app-for/id658814291?mt=8

Target Audience: Students with Autism and


communicative disorders

Content Area: Social/ Communication

Evaluator: Kaitlyn Coates


Medium

What do you notice?


Each word has a picture to communicate the idea that is easily selected from drop
down menus and displayed in button form. Families can create new pictures to add
words to the vocabulary options. The app also tracks language patterns to monitor
student use of certain words.

Design Elements

Describe the significance Easy to learn and use. Can be used to track development and grows as the student
of your design noticings. grows.

Content Elements

Has a large amount of vocab ( 15,000 words) in many content areas. Can be
expanded upon. Works in 20+ languages. Has predictive and frequently used
phrases. Printable pages of common uses

Cost: Free with in app


purchases

Title of App: Avaz Australia


Creator of App: Avaz, Inc.

URL: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/avazaustralia-aac-app-for/id658814291?mt=8

Target Audience: Students with Autism and


communicative disorders

Content Area: Social/ Communication

Evaluator: Kaitlyn Coates


Describe the significance
Applicable in many situations, is easy to tailor towards each student and use as the
of your content
student develops
noticings.

Mobile Application Evaluation Form


Mobile Application Evaluation Form Continued
Mark your response to each statement as strongly agree (SA), agree (A), disagree (D) or strongly disagree (SD).
Design
Usability: The app is easy to use. Navigation is intuitive.
Multimodality: The graphical, textual, and auditory features complement each other.
Feedback: The feedback to user is functional and helpful.
Aesthetic: The aesthetics contribute to the learning or engagement of the content.
Notes on Design: simplistic and easy to use and quick to learn, the modifications
may need to be done by teacher or family instead of by student
Content
Difficulty: The content becomes more complex as the user progresses in the app.
Cognitive Processes: The app engages user in higher order cognitive processes.
Feedback: The app provides feedback to the user that is helpful in learning content.
Playfulness: The app draws the user into the content in an engaging way.
Notes on Content: Easy to use and track growth, does not necessarily teach
students to communicate beyond the app yet helps where needed

SA

SD

SD

x
x
x
x

SA
x

x
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x

Integration
Differentiation: The app offers flexibility to alter settings to meet students needs.
Learning Objectives: The app fits with established learning objectives.
Assessment: The app has built in mechanism for tracking student performance.
Perception: I have an idea of how to integrate the app into teaching/learning practices.
Notes on Integration: quick to implement in classroom, all you need to do is give
to child and youre good to go. You can add words as the student learns them and
see how often and how they use them.

SA
x

SD

x
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x

How do the design elements support or hinder learning of content?


I think this is a great way for students to work on communication where they previously would not be able to. Not very
helpful in learning new vocab but good in implementing it in a practical way.

How does this application add value to the teaching/learning experience?


Communication is such as huge part of the learning process. This allows for students to quickly and easily
communicate with teachers and peers.

Now that you have evaluated your app, Write a mini lesson on how you would integrate this app in your class.
Think About:
a)A topic
b) Standard you would use
c) Activity using the app
A) Topic: 3rd Grade Communication: Social Skills
B) Standard: Content Area: Reading, Writing, and Communicating: Standard: 1. Oral Expression and Listening 1.
Oral communication is used both informally and formally. f. Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task
and situation in order to provide requested detail or
clarification. (CCSS: SL.3.6)
C) Activity: After having a quick mini-lesson on how to appropriately use the app I would give student a list of
conversation topics/starters and have them pretend to be at a party. Students would mingle throughout the room
asking questions and having conversations using the app and practicing using the conversation elements. The goal
would be for students to get used to using the app to communicate ( receptive and expressive communication)