So another review we’ve been working on is for iTooch. For other reviewer’s opinions, please click here.
iTooch is by Edupad. They actually have quite a few apps on a variety of subjects and levels. Here are just two of the five screen shots I could have taken from the app store:
The program also comes in Windows 8 and Android. Actually, as I was reading some of the reviews, it sounded like the Android versions were actually a little better in a few ways. I’ll try to mention those as I do this review. Again, please see the other reviews if you want to consider which system to use these on.
So if you want to do high school math or French or 5th grade language arts, you can. THere is also a program called Recess for playing. I really enjoyed playing that one, actually. There are two games. On one, it calls out a color and you tap that color bubble. If you miss though (the bubbles are moving!), you’ll end up with another bubble, another color, which will mean it takes you more time to clear the screen which is the goal. The other recess game is a math game. It gives you an equation and you have to fill in the missing digit and operation. Here is a screen shot of each game:
So my daughter liked the program in general. It is appealing visually. The “little dude” is fun. From reviews, it seems he is even more fun on an Android device. My fave “little dude” was when he turns to stone because you’ve sat there so long. However, the moment you move the iPad, he isn’t stone again so I couldn’t get a screen shot!
The app gives positive feedback along the way. The biggest issue I had with it for my daughter (who was getting irritated about it) was that the student has to actually choose to go from practice mode to the evaluation mode. Obviously, not all 7 year olds or 9 year olds know when that time should be. Additionally, the test questions were exactly the same as the practice questions. The only difference was that you couldn’t look back at the lesson and that there were a limited number of test questions. Now, this is one area it seems is not the same on the Android version. Another reviewer talked about it moving the student from practice to testing.
Here are some screen shots to give more information:
This one is during the test. As you can see, there are only going to be six questions total. It is timed (the yellow bar on the side). There is positive feedback when you get it correct
Here is a a screen when you make a mistake. It tells you the right answer. It is nice and low key which is nice for younger students.
The following two screens are just of me playing with the work space. Again, not intuitive for a young student and actually unnecessary on the part she was working on (language arts). However, if you needed to do double digit multiplication or were learning how to do basic multiplication, needing graphics, this page is a nice way to work. Have I mentioned that I love that the blackboard looks used instead of perfectly black?
Lastly, there is the evaluation screen. I like that it is color-coded. If the circle is not yet colored in, it means the student hasn’t taken the test on it yet. If it is orange (or is it red?), it means the student scored a B- or lower. Green is B+ or better. A yellow star is for 100%.
So this gives you an idea of what the app is like. I think with a little direction, most 6-9 yos could do it without getting too frustrated. And an older child probably would have been just fine with the less intuitive parts anyway. I do like that the Android version seems to have automatic evaluations though as well as even more cute graphic activity.
I give these apps a thumbs up. If you’re looking for a cute, fun, educational app, you might look at the iTooch apps by Edupad 🙂