Teacher Review for LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary

Great library resource

Flora C.
Classroom teacher
Adventist Union School
Bellflower, United States
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English-Language Learning, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
Low literacy
How I Use It
I would use this product in teaching to help kindergarten students learn about books, turning pages and follow the reading. Also, I could choose books that go with a particular lesson that I am teaching for the week, for example, if we are learning about sea animals, I could look those books up and read them to the class.
My Take
This is a good tool to keep kids occupied to themselves while reading a book or having the app read it to them. It is kind of like a kindle with a large variety of books. However, it asks the child's interest and age, thereby pulling reading books that the child may be interested in reading. For a teacher, it has a search feature so the teacher can enter the topic and it will pull up some books. It is a good library source and makes it easier find topics to read about as opposed to looking through your physical library. The child will visit many different floating islands which has a library of common topics and it will also throw in a non-topic book that causes curiosity. It also has a video library that involves children telling the story or someone reading a book. The child is awarded a figurine to add to the world, such as a palm tree, a house, a dinosaur, etc. after reading or viewing videos. Overall this is an excellent app. I used an iPad however, I believe that it can be used on an android as well