Teacher Review For My PlayHome

Virtual Dollhouse is Great for Academic Purposes

Jennifer A.
Classroom teacher
Montclaire Elementary School
Los Altos, CA
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My Grades 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Wellness
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
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
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have the free version of this app which only has the kitchen and living room. However, my 2nd grade students still enjoy playing with this app during their choice time. For specific lessons I use this app for a variety of academic content. All of the activities involve students first creating a scene then taking a screenshot and finally importing the screenshot into another app. During math students create word problems in the My Story app related to the scene. During ELA they add dialogue in Strip Designer or label parts of speech or prepositions using Skitch. The can also create a series of scenes and import them to Popplet or Pic Collage or Timeline to show sequence of events.
My Take
The app is very flexible and can be used for a variety of academic purposes. The free version works fine for the way we use it. The paid version offers additional options such as more rooms and more racially diverse family members. The store version is also a hit with students.