App of the Week: Videos and challenges for active learning

By Stephen Noonoo
October 26th, 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.

What’s It Like? In their own unique Wonderbox account, kids watch videos, draw, take pictures, create, share and message with family and friends, and engage in multi-step challenges. Curated videos and specially designed creative challenges are organized by theme (e.g., music, science, world, sports). Challenges like designing a tree house include background information, prompts, and a general framework to get started. Kids can also just explore and create freely. Play earns coins, which kids use to “buy” stickers and drawing tools. Share and message with friends and family. Many challenges could easily be linked to a wide variety of Common Core State Standards.

Rating: 5/5

Price: Free

Grades: 2-8

Pros: Original, interactive challenges show kids the joy of learning.

Cons: Coin rewards and marketplace for buying stickers and drawing tools seem out of place.

Bottom line: There’s plenty of material to inspire kids to embark on learning adventures that get them to explore, create, and share safely on the screen and off.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is the current editor of eSchool News. He is a former consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and 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.