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App of the Week: Dr. Guts

By Stephen Noonoo
April 27th, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.
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Dr. Guts

What’s It Like? Dr. Guts is a game where middle and high school kids learn about the digestive, cardiovascular, excretory, and respiratory systems through online experimentation. Students act as a research assistant to Dr. Guts and look for ways to help patients with various health conditions. Students pick the patient they want to work on (with names like Diana Rhea and Will Gasserman) and then learn about different organ systems by dragging and dropping them into a body and linking them together. Then they test the systems by seeing how they handle food and liquids fed from a tube.

Price: $2.99; available online and via Amplify tablets

Grades: 5-12

Pros: Play lets kids experiment, encouraging student inquiry.

Cons: Initially the touch interface can be frustrating, but kids will figure it out.

Bottom line: A stellar tool that lets kids figure out how body systems work together to keep us alive.

 

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.