Teacher Review For Robots for iPad

An interactive, multi-media, encyclopedia-like app all about robots.

Susan M.
Blended Learning Coach
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
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 Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This app is filled with amazing information about robots. Videos, photos, interactives, text--teaching about the different robots that exist in our world today. This is a great resource tool to build content knowledge, for exploration, and for basic interest. We embed robotics in our 4th and 5th grade, and using this has helped learners extend their knowledge of how robotics are used in the world. It also has ignited student learning. This is not a "teach robotics" tool as much as it is a companion within the learning experience, as well as a great connector to other subjects such as technology, cultures, and engineering.
My Take
This is a great reading resource for students. Overall, I liked how it was organized, and I noticed how it engaged my students to want to learn and discover more information. It is also more on their level rather than some of the websites out there that are often too technical. The only challenge was cost, therefore I would not use it for a 1:1 app, but rather have it on my iPad and share with the students. I did like that it incorporated a fair amount of multi-media, which is helpful for integration of ELA CCS.