Teacher Review For Trainyard

Colorful and engaging as children build tracks and watch trains move along them.

Chris C.
Media specialist/librarian
Kepner Middle School
Denver, CO
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Currently I use this app with my grandson. At five I am amazed that he can stay engaged on his own for thirty to forty minutes at a time. When it gets too tough, he goes back to his favorites and does them again and again. In a classroom I would see this as an extension activity or a center activity. It is solidly great for creative thinking and problem solving.
My Take
This is a great app for problem solving and creative thinking. While watching my five-year old grandson manipulate the tracks i frequently find myself thinking, "well, that's not what I would have done, but look how logical that is". Players move from station to station creating the tracks to get the trains from the train-yard to the station. The complexity grows as the player solves each problem. Two players can play on the same device but the real competition is with ones self. As the player advances tutorials add skill sets to the solutions. The player can choose to watch the tutorials or skip them. The entire application is graphic, including the tutorials, thus language skills are not necessary. Special needs children, if they can use their fingers will be able to build the tracks. If there is a support person to build the tracks they will enjoy watching the colorful trains race down the tracks and successfully enter the stations or crash, depending on the success of the track laying.