Teacher Review For Field Trip

Has great potential... needs more work

Jessie B.
Classroom teacher
Orchard View Alternative High School, Wappingers Falls, NY
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
This app is good for an out of class enrichment of social studies. The app itself uses your location to show you points of interest around you. The app sounded to me like it would be a guided tour around town. The app also included restaurants and shopping malls. The app does draw from a number of sources giving it the ability to update and grow. It still has many gaps in what it includes.
My Take
I would probably skip it for now but bookmark it to check back with in the future. As a social studies teacher in the Hudson Valley I expected to be overwhelmed with sites and information that was available. Instead I see many areas that could use additional information. My hope was that this could be used as an extension of materials taught in the classroom since the students live in the region that we study. On the Google Play site for this app there are reviewers who mention that there areas are altogether blank although there are things in the community that are of interest. Being that this is a Google App I would assume that it will continue to be developed in the way they did Google Earth.