Before we place anything in front of our students, whether it is a book, text, website or video, we should be making sure that is appropriate for use in an educational setting.
When it comes to Apps, there are some key things to look for and understand (this can help you to be sure the app you wish to use is approved for use):
Keys to Selecting Safe, Appropriate Apps
|Look for links to this information in the|
iTunes app store for easy access.
- In app purchases, advertising or limited use without purchase - Apps that only allow users to interact with a small percentage of the app, offer or require purchases, or contain advertising that could contain inappropriate material should be a red flag.
- Privacy: These can usually be found on the app developer website. What information are they collecting and what will they do with the data? Look for apps that comply with COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act). This is typically outlined within the privacy statements, which can often be found in the app store.
An example from SeeSaw:
Seesaw only collects personal information through the Services from a child under 13 where their school, district, and/or teacher has agreed (via the terms described in more detail below) to obtain parental consent to use the Services and disclose personal information to us for the use and benefit of the learning environment.
- Parent Permission can come in many forms. Some developers require it for all users under the age of 18, while others are for 13 and under. Either way, it is up to the classroom teacher who wishes to use the app to obtain that parent permission for EACH student before they download the app from Self Service. These apps will be in a category called "Parent Permission."
Whether approved or not, the person submitting an app approval to SDW Self Service App Request form will receive email notification of the determination made. As of today, we have reviewed 470 apps!