CONCEPT: App version of the Instructables craft website featuring a wide range of instructions for all sorts of design projects.
DELIVERY: This app acts as a bridge to the Instructables website and allows access to their archives of DT projects uploaded by their community members. Projects are well categorised and can be searched by key terms as well as by the actual groups they fall in. Everything from masks to origami to toys and puppets can be found here and the difficulty varies from simple crafts to semi-professional creations.
The projects are presented logically, with a sequence of steps alongside relevant mages. This makes following the actual instructions relatively straightforward, though the level of detail will obviously vary from project to project. Beyond DT work itself, it could be used well in the actual teaching of instructional writing, by comparing key features seen in multiple projects etc.
If you sign up, you can even create projects directly in the app. Adding images and text is simple and the sequence is built for you. Projects can be saved to the device or uploaded to the Instructables community for others to access. The site even hosts regular design contests to challenge and engage young creatives.
LIMITATIONS: For younger kids supervision would be essential for some projects. Lack of content filters also means that some content may be in appropriate for younger kids. Naturally an internet connection is also essential for the app to function at all.
CONCLUSION: Easy access, a huge variety and clear presentation. Instructables may be better suited to home use but has a lot of educational potential nonetheless. 3/5
Actual DT projects
Assessing/ learning the features of instructional writing