Teacher Review For Alien Buddies

Fun and rewarding app for young learners to practice basic literacy and math skills

Margaret A P.
Director of STEAM Innovation
The Agnes Irwin School
Rosemont, PA
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
I have used this with my youngest students who are still learning their numbers and shapes and sometimes need another tool/activity to practice. The game helps reinforce new knowledge and supports the development of basic skills like matching, letter recognition, and counting.
My Take
Alien Buddies has great audio instructions to help pre or early readers use the app to practice numbers, letters, shapes, and colors. When practicing letters, teachers and students can choose between all lower-case, all upper-case or mixed. I like that if students touch a letter/number/etc, it is said aloud but unfortunately, when a child make a correct match (i.e., letter "G" to letter "G") the only response is something like "hooray" and nothing is said to reinforce the content. The app is fun for students but fairly standard skill and drill work that does not allow for a lot of student-directed learning or open-ended creativity. The Sticker activities is the only creation-based part of the app.