How I Use It
Fish School is a simple, early learner app great for review and independent concept exploration for pre-K and early kindergarten students. I intend to have this app at my open iPads center at the beginning of the school year when some students are still acquiring letter names and basic math skills, such as counting and matching. The simple format and straight forward controls are well suited to young children, which is a real plus. I can imagine some young children returning to play Fish School again and again, in part, because the non-competitive nature of the app ensures predictable progress. Of course that is one of it's failings as well. Many students will avoid this app because it offers little diversity or actual challenge. It is also worth noting that you cannot modify the level of skills featured. What you see the first time through is what you get every time through!
Fish School is simple and repetitious, but that's the point. Don't expect grade level kindergarten students to get much out of Fish School for very long (if at all). Pre-K, struggling students, and ELLs, however, may gain great benefit from practicing with this app, especially since each screen is accompanied by a (mostly) clear audio recording of the letter name, number, color, etc. As long as you know what you're getting (basic review of early concepts) and who the target audience is (preschool), Fish School can be a great addition to your classroom app collection. But if you're looking for something that builds a school aged child's skills in math or reading in a challenging and engaging way, you better go fish (sorry, I couldn't help myself).