Teacher Review For Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs

Interactive learning about dinosaurs

Michelle K.
Instructional Technology Specialist
South Western School District
Hanover, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
The app is very subject specific to dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period. If the curriculum includes this topic, then this app is a good fit. The information is comprehensive and the activities are engaging. The audio support is key to navigation and advancement. However, if a curriculum does not include dinosaurs as a specific topic, it will be necessary for an educator to be creative to find a place for this app in the classroom. Independent research projects are where this app is really valuable. For the learner that is intent on increasing knowledge about dinosaurs, they can use the app to gain information and organize their knowledge within the time period.
My Take
The biggest issue with this app for classroom use is the very narrow content. Many schools have moved away from a teaching topic, such as dinosaurs in favor of hands on science activities. I would consider this app an interactive resource for learning about dinosaurs, but am unsure that the app could be considered "required" in most classrooms.