Teacher Review For The Human Body by Tinybop

Useful for science. Maybe Spanish or other language classes, too?

Jonathan F.
Technology coordinator
St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School
Washington, DC
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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 Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Great with ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
For Kindergarten students, it worked well to introduce organs and systems for the first time. For Grade 4 students, it worked well as a hook at the beginning of a unit. It helped to reveal some misconceptions that students had at the beginning of the unit. (Some students, for instance, thought that the heart consumed the majority of the body's oxygen. The app helped students discover that the heart consumed some oxygen but re-distributed most of it by pumping red blood cells throughout the body.) Students who click too quickly might select multiple systems at once (the circulatory system and the nervous system, for instance). Selecting multiple systems shows interesting visuals but hides some of the options available (e.g. introducing stimuli, zooming in on a specific organ) when only one system is selected.
My Take
A flexible app for introducing the human body. Because it works in multiple languages, I could see it working as a way to build vocabulary. The Tinybop website has more resources than I had time to explore, but I'm getting the sense that one could configure this app for a variety of activities. If you skip the fancy configuration and simply let the students use the app as is, it's still good for introductory lessons. This is how we used it.