Teacher Review for MarcoPolo Ocean

Fun App that lets Students Explore Marine Life

My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I would implement this app into my class by having students individually expand their knowledge of the ocean. I think it would nicely complement a lesson on geography or science, exploring bodies of water or certain species of animals that live in the ocean. I think it would be good to have students work on this towards the beginning of class. It would provide structure to the lesson that follows and get students engaged for the rest of the class.
My Take
I liked how interactive this app was. Students were able to fill in ocean animals and plants to complete each frame. They were also able to scroll towards the ocean surface to examine boats, or go to the darkest parts of the water to inspect the difference between deep-water fish and those that swim closer to the surface. I think that this program works for most students, however, I believe that advanced students may get bored with the game. I think it would go nicely with certain lesson plans, but once students finish filling in the images, there isn't much interaction to keep them engaged. I think that either adding more examples of marine life, or focusing on specific communities of species (i.e. sharks, dolphins, etc.) would make this app better. Perhaps that is too advanced for the kindergarten level, but I think the developers could target the app to older students too. Incorporating levels into the design would also allow the kindergarten/first grade students to continue using the app throughout their education.