My mom has been teaching for over 30 years. When she started, the only way to create a student worksheet was to chisel the questions on a marble tablet and then slide down a dinosaur tail to place it on the student’s desk. (Don’t tell my ma I used that joke again – wasn’t well received when I tried it out on her the other night at dinner.)
Thankfully for Mom times sure have changed. We’ve used and reviewed more than a handful of kids’ edu-apps and iTooch Elementary School beats the others in the App Store by a few dinosaur tails. Covering math, science, and language arts at the elementary school level – that’s third, fourth, and fifth grade – there are over 4,000 questions. That’s a lot of learning.
One of the nicest features of this app is that students can try the titles before parents commit to buying them at $4.99 per category and age range. This is especially nice because learning styles vary greatly across the board, and while some kids may love using the iPad as a part of their education, other kids may not. However, the user interface makes navigating this app a breeze, especially for the 7-10 age group that is probably quite familiar with the technology.
There aren’t any school-aged kids in this house yet so I took it upon myself, in the name of technological science, to explore iTooch on my own. To say I was impressed is an understatement – there is so much great content that is presented in age-appropriate formats. There aren’t a lot of crazy characters bouncing around or distracting sound effects; the presentation is straightforward and conducive to learning.
It’s a testament to the design and development to the app that it’s available for bulk purchase to be used in classrooms. Along with being a handy tool to fill in learning gaps the app would also shine within the framework of alternative learning environments (like homeschooling).
– Supports US National Common Core Standards
– Offers traditional learning outside of the classroom
– Purchases can be made as children advance grade levels
– None; we were impressed with this widely comprehensive app
iTooch offers a broad range of learning solutions for grade-school students