Teacher Review For Da Vinci - History

Not Worth the Money

Joel S.
Technology coordinator
Village East Community Elementary School
Aurora, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 1
Learning Scores
Engagement 2
Pedagogy 1
Support 1
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Student-driven work
Great with General
How I Use It
Da Vinci is an app to learn more about Leonardo Da Vinci. There are 5 sections: Story, Portraits, Sketches, Paintings, and Games. Only the "Games" area offers any interactivity, and there's only 4 games to choose from. Students can breeze through these pretty quickly. The other sections offer a narrated history of Da Vinci's life and examples of his paintings, portraits, and sketches. Not much to do other than look and read.
My Take
This app is just okay. For the price ($3.99) students can complete everything on the app in less than 45 minutes. It's more of an interactive book than an app that offers interactivity. It reminded me of a TV show on PBS where drawings and animations are used to tell young students about a famous artist. There's not much to this app, and for the price, it's not worth it.