How I Use It
I like this product for review and for building some new concepts. I also like the fact that students can select their level of play and whether they want to play alone, with a friend, or compete against other students. A 15-20 minute activity time, twice weekly, should keep students engaged; otherwise, the novelty will wear off.
This app is very simple to use. There are 3 levels for use: Easy, Medium and Hard.
Students can select State Bingo or Road Trip US.
State Bingo: The easy level requires users to test their knowledge of state abbreviations, capital cities, state slogans, national parks, directions, and scrambled letters. There is some strategy required to earn a bingo: a correct answer may be shown more than once, so students can select the answer that will produce a bingo more quickly. A timer is shown at the bottom left of the screen so students can try to beat their previous times or play against other students. As students play games, they send states to My Statehoods. These states appear on a historical time line. At the Hard level, the states are shown without their names to identify them. Students can select the magnifying glass to see a map of the US to use as a guide/hints.
Road Trip: There are 5 road trips kids can take: Eastbound, Westbound, Lewis and Clark Trail, Oregon Trail, and Pony Express. If a question is answered incorrectly during the trip, the students's car can get a flat tire.
Overall opinion: I like the product. The graphics are cute and there are some nice sound effects and background music. Students can work independently with the product, working at a level that is appropriately interesting/challenging, playing against their classmates if desired. It's best for elementary students in grades 3-6. I'd recommend its use for 15-20 min to test skills and build knowledge. Repeated use can build state knowledge.