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Discovering a Rubric for Evaluating App Diversity That Works for You

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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 10:00–11:30 am
Location: Franklin 11-12-13, Marriott

Amanda L. Armstrong  
Learn about a variety of rubrics that examine diversity in children's interactive media and games. I'll help you create or choose a rubric to evaluate diversity in apps that works for your setting.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-2
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

There are few tools available to educators, librarians, and technology coordinators for evaluating diversity within new media, like apps. From the session, participants will learn a variety of rubrics they can use to evaluate diversity in the apps designed for children in early childhood. Being exposed to and using the rubrics in hands-on activities will allow participants to decide, which rubric works best for them or guidelines they will use when examining apps. Participants will share insights with each other in-person and through an online collaborative tool that will also serve as a resource for them when they return to their setting. Participant outcomes from the session are:
- Learning research about the impact of media
- Increased knowledge of rubrics that evaluate diversity in children's media
- Develop a strategy to evaluate diversity in new media for young children, i.e. apps, that works for their setting.


Introductions to each other and the online tools (10 min)
What does the research say about the impact of media related to cultural and diverse issues (5 min)
Lens for evaluating media (5 min)
Group discussion and Online Sharing: What do you already use to evaluate diversity in media (5 min)
Moving from evaluating traditional media to interactive/new media (5 min)
Group work: Examining a rubric and share-outs (10 min)
Peer work: Application of one rubric to evaluating an app and document experience and takeaways on the online tool (15 min)
Creation or selection of evaluation tool (10 min)
Peer work: Evaluate different app using the rubric they selected or created and share-outs (15 min)
Reflections and questions (10 min)

Supporting research

Haines, C., Campbell, C., & ALSC. (2016). Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families. ALA Edition.

Hobbs, R. (2011). Digital and media literacy: Connecting culture and classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

KidMap (2018). Diversity and Inclusive Growth Checklist.

Lee, J. & Baron, B. (2015). Aprendiendo en casa: Media as a resource for learning among Hispanic- Latino Families. A report of the Families and Media Project. New York: The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.

Nankani, S. & Seth, K. (2015, November 18). Walking the diversity talk. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Retrieved from: (Links to an external site.)

Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center. Reading Diversity.

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Amanda L. Armstrong, New Mexico State Uni - Media Productions

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