How I Use It
This is a great tool to teach observation and scientific writing. You could easily create a journal or diary that students use the app and describe what they observe each day. Be specific in your expectations of students interactions with the app because it may not hold their attention. It is recommended you plan short, specific lessons with the app. Student will enjoy the ability to plant new plants but will have to be patient and observant to see what happens with that planted seed.
Tinybop gives students the opportunity to create and maintain their own plant environment. They can observe the affects of weather, animals and season on three different environments. It teaches students about some of the plants and animals that live in each environment. You can also click on plants and see a diagram of the parts of each plant.It has a zoom in feature to get a close up of the environment.
This could be a great tool to show plant and animal interactions over time, however this app does not hold student's attention like Tinybop's other apps. One of the drawbacks to the to the app is that you can only plant one kind of seed in each environment. I wish students had more control of the environments.
Even with the apps drawbacks it has potential to be an effective tool to teach about plants and be a good addition to your app collection.