Teacher Review For Pocket Penguins

Penguin cam gives view of habitat, but without sound or extra info

Margaret A P.
Director of STEAM Innovation
The Agnes Irwin School
Rosemont, PA
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 2
Pedagogy 1
Support 1
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Individual
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It

The app can be used as a nice extension activity for students who are studying penguins or regions of the world where penguins live. I would have students use the app to observe penguin behavior and record their observations, either on paper or via audio after watching the penguins. I would have specific prompting questions since the app itself does not provide any prompts or information. I might also have my students try to create a short movie or animation about penguin behavior and peer interaction based on what they see in Penguin Pocket. Overall, the app can serve as a good extension to a unit and starting point for further research or creation but it does not provide much content or allow for any direct student interaction with the topic of penguins and penguin behavior.

My Take

Pocket Penguin is a nice way for students to get a closer look at one species of penguins and how they move and interact together. The app provides students with an opportunity to observe and document penguin behavior, both on land and underwater. Unfortunately, the app has no sound and aside from the real-time camera views, it does not provide any explicit information about penguins or interactive aspects for students to engage with in the app. The app also has a highly prominent “donate” button that could easily cause problems with students accidentally or purposefully trying to leave the app and contribute money to the organization. The app is also limited to the iphone, which makes it harder for larger groups to view the images.