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App of the Week: Seashores to Sea Floors – The Ocean Biome

By Stephen Noonoo
June 29th, 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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What’s It Like? A comprehensive digital textbook with six options on the home page: Read, Map, Media, Tests, Settings, and Credits. When kids tap Read, they gain access to the reading pane where text appears on the left side of the screen. After creating a digital bookmark that tracks reading progress, kids swipe to read text. As various keywords pass through an arrow in the middle of the reading pane, supporting media appear on the right. Kids can tap blue keywords to trigger the visual support and red keywords to see and hear vocabulary definitions. Kids can also highlight text and create notes as they read.

Price: $14.99

Grades: 1-8

Pros: Thorough content coverage, different reading level options, and interactive components engage kids of varying abilities.

Cons: The price is a little on the high end, and kids don’t get immediate feedback on tests.

Bottom line: The steep price tag aside, this is a fantastic digital resource that can be adapted to a range of learning styles and abilities.

 

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.