iTooch Elementary School Application Review
As a speech-language pathologist, I always look for ways to incorporate academics from other classes into my lessons. I can get all of the vocabulary lists I want, but then I have to create lessons about the vocabulary and visuals and more. It can be quite time consuming, especially if I am not familiar with some of the terms myself (especially in math and science, which are not my fortes). I have reviewed lots of applications related to speech-language therapy, but not many related to academics. When I was contacted to review iTooch Elementary School, I was excited to check out an application that I might be able to use with my students who are working on vocabulary skills in different subjects! Continue reading to learn how to use this application in your speech-language therapy sessions!
After showing the title screen, the user is brought to the "Library" to determine which activity/lesson to use. The application comes with 6-10 activities per skill for free, which you must download into the application. You can download more content for $4.99 per subject by pressing the shopping cart button next to the activity you want. If the application is taking up too much space or you download more activities than you need, you can delete an activity by swiping right to left, followed by the red "Delete" button. You can re-download titles at the bottom of the Library list. Also, you have the ability to tap the skill for more information about the activity, its features, and the developers of the application:
Language Arts Grade 3 (ages 8-9)
- Writing and Composition: 1 - Introducing a Topic (free), 2 - Stating and Supporting an Opinion (free), 3 - Paragraph Structure, 4 - Choosing Words and Phrases for Effect, 5 - Parts of Speech: Nouns, 6 - Parts of Speech: Possessive Nouns, 7 - Parts of Speech: Pronouns, 8 - Parts of Speech: Regular Verbs, 9 - Parts of Speech: Irregular Verbs, 10 - Parts of Speech: Adjectives, 11 - Parts of Speech: Adverbs, 12 - Capitalization, 13 - Punctuation
- Reading: 1 - Comprehension Strategies: Predicting (free), 2 - Describing Characters in a Story (free), 3 - Word Meaning, 4 - Signal Words, 5 - Text Structure: Narrative, 6 - Text Structure: Chronological, 7 - Point of View, 8 - Summarization, 9 - Compare and Contrast, 10 - Poetry, 11 - Dictionary Skills (Glossary), 12 - Index
- Research and Reasoning: 1 - Recognizing Points of View (free), 2 - Drawing Conclusions (free), 3 - Assessing Information: Graphs..., 4 - Recalling Information from Experiences, 5 - Gathering Information, 6 - Identifying a Topic Sentence, 7 - Gathering and Sorting Evidence
- Vocabulary Booster: 1 - Root Word (free), 2 - Word Families (free), 3 - Homophones, 4 - Antonyms, 5 - Synonyms, 6 - Contractions, 7 - Prefixes, 8 - Suffixes, 9 - Compound Words, 10 - Idioms
- Communication: 1 - Sequencing Ideas (free), 2 - Supporting Details (free), 3 - Complete Sentences, 4 - Main Idea, 5 - Identifying Emotions, 6 - Teamwork, 7 - Daily Routines, 8 - Calling 911
Math Grade 3 (ages 8-9)
- Numbers and Operations: 1 - Place Value (free), 2 - Ordering Numbers (free), 3 - Rounding Numbers, 4 - Addition, Multi-digit to 1,000, 5 - Subtraction, Multi-digit from 1,000, 6 - Multiplying Whole Numbers, 7 - Properties of Multiplication, 8 - Multi-digit Multiplication, 9 - Dividing Whole Numbers, 10 - Multi-digit Division, 11 - Problem Solving 1: Arrays, 12 - Equations 1, 13 - Problem Solving 2: Using a Variable, 14 - Identifying Arithmetic Patterns, 15 - Fact Families, 16 - Problem Solving 3: Multi-step Problems, 17 - Estimation/Reasonabl...
- Fractions, Decimals, Money: 1 - Introduction to Fractions (free), 2 - Adding Fractions (free), 3 - Subtracting Fractions, 4 - Ordering and Comparing Fractions, 5 - Equivalent Fractions, 6 - Comparing Fractions 2, 7 - Problem Solving 1, 8 - Fractions and Decimals, 9 - Fractions and Money, 10 - Adding Money, 11 - Subtracting Money, 12 - Problem Solving 2
- Geometry: 1 - Polygons (free), 2 - Quadrilaterals (free), 3 - Perimeter, 4 - Area: Introduction to Unit Squares, 5 - Area: Understanding Multiplication and Add..., 6 - Problem Solving 1, 7 - Problem Solving 2, 8 - Lines: Perpendicular and Parallel, 9 - Angles, 10 - Triangles, 11 - Solid Figures
- Measurement and Data: 1 - Review of Time (free), 2 - Elapsed Time (free), 3 - Problem Solving 1, 4 - Using a Ruler, 5 - Using the Right Units to Estimate, 6 - Liquid Volume, 7 - Metric Measuring, 8 - Measuring Length and Distance, 9 - Problem Solving 2
- Graphs and Logistics: 1 - Line Plot Graphs (free), 2 - Circle Graphs (free), 3 - Bar graphs, 4 - Reading Tables and Charts, 5 - Pictographs
Science Grade 3 (Ages 8-9)
- Physical Science: 1 - Matter and Its Properties (free), 2 - Matter and Its Many Forms (free), 3 - Changes in Matter, 4 - Magnets, 5 - Force and Motion, 6 - Gravity and Motion, 7 - Energy, 8 - Types of Energy, 9 - Light Energy, 10 - Heat Energy, 11 - Sound Energy, 12 - Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy
- Life Science: 1 - Nonliving Things (free), 2 - Living Things (free), 3 - Ecosystems, 4 - Habitats, 5 - Life Cycles, 6 - Food Chains Part 1, 7 - Food Chain Part 2, 8 - Food Web, 9 - Pollution, 10 - Conservation, 11 - Recycling, 12 - Endangered and Threatened Species, 13 - Extinction, 14 - Dinosaurs, 15 - Fossils, 16 - Human Body 1, 17 - Human Body 2, 18 - Human Body 3, 19 - Be Healthy!
- Earth Systems Science: 1 - Air (free), 2 - (free), 3 - The Water Cycle, 4 - Clouds, 5 - Precipitation, 6 - How Water Is Changed by Temperature, 7 - Day and Night, 8 - Technology Used to View the Night Sky, 9 - Moon Movement and Phases, 10 - Solar System, 11 - Seasonal Changes, 12 - Weather Prediction, 13 - Weather Instruments, 14 - Weather Maps, 15 - Tornadoes!, 16 - Land, 17 - Earth's Materials, 18 - Rock Cycle, 19 - Weathering, 20 - Living Things
Language Arts Grade 4 (Ages 9-10)
- Writing and Composition: 1 - Capitalization (free), 2 - Punctuation (free), 3 - Spelling, 4 - Common Misspellings, 5 - Parts of Speech: Nouns, 6 - Parts of Speech: Pronouns, 7 - Parts of Speech: Possessive Nouns, 8 - Parts of Speech: Regular Verbs, 9 - Parts of Speech: Irregular Verbs, 10 - Parts of Speech: Adjectives, 11 - Parts of Speech: Adverbs, 12 - The Writing Process, 13 - Paragraph Structure, 14 - Introducing a Topic, 15 - Actions, Thoughts and Feelings, 16 - Stating and Supporting an Opinion
- Vocabulary Booster: 1 - Root Word (free), 2 - Word Families (free), 3 - Homophones, 4 - Antonyms, 5 - Synonyms, 6 - Contractions, 7 - Prefixes, 8 - Suffixes, 9 - Compound Words, 10 - Idioms, 11 - Idioms 2, 12 - Vocabulary Musts
- Reading: 1 - Word Meaning (free), 2 - Signal Words (free), 3 - Phonics, 4 - Declarative Interrogative Imperativ..., 5 - Run-on and Compound Sentences, 6 - Comprehension Strategies: Predicting, 7 - Describing Characters in a Story, 8 - Text Structure: Narrative, 9 - Text Structure: Chronological, 10 - Point of View, 11 - Summarization, 12 - Compare and Contrast, 13 - Poetry, 14 - Poetry 2 (Onomatopoeia), 15 - Poetry 3 (Personification), 16 - Dictionary Skills (Glossary), 17 - Index
- Research and Reasoning: 1 - Identifying a Topic Sentence (free), 2 - Gathering Information (free), 3 - Assessing Information: Graphs..., 4 - Gathering and Sorting Evidence, 5 - Recognizing Points of View, 6 - Recalling Information from Experiences, 7 - Drawing Conclusions
- Communication: 1 - Daily Routines (free), 2 - Teamwork (free), 3 - Identifying Emotions, 4 - Formal Language Manners, 5 - Identifying Informal Language, 6 - Handling Difficult Situations, 7 - Complaining Politely, 8 - Calling 911
Math Grade 4 (Ages 9-10)
- Numbers and Operations: 1 - Place Value (free), 2 - Place Value Applications (free), 3 - Ordering Numbers, 4 - Rounding Numbers, 5 - Addition, Multi-Digit to 1,000, 6 - Subtraction, 7 - Multiplying Whole Numbers, 8 - Multiplication Strategies, 9 - Properties of Multiplication, 10 - Multi-Digit Multiplication, 11 - Dividing Whole Numbers, 12 - Multi-Digit Division, 13 - Word Problems With Whole Numbers, 14 - Problem Solving 1: Arrays, 15 - Factors and Multiples, 16 - Equations 1, 17 - Problem Solving 2: Using a Variable, 18 - Identifying Arithmetic Patterns, 19 - Analyzing Patterns, 20 - Fact Families, 21 - Problem Solving 3: Multi-Step Problems, 22 - Estimation 2: Reasonableness
- Fractions and Decimals: 1 - Introduction to Fractions (free), 2 - Ordering and Comparing Fractions (free), 3 - Comparing Fractions, 4 - Equivalent Fractions, 5 - Equivalent Fractions and Addition, 6 - Problem Solving, 7 - Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers, 8 - Fractions and Decimals, 9 - Fractions and Decimals 2, 10 - Multiplying Fractions
- Measurement and Data: 1 - Elapsed Time (free), 2 - Problem Solving 1 (free), 3 - Using the Right Units to Estimate, 4 - Liquid Volume, 5 - Metric Measuring, 6 - Measuring Length and Distance, 7 - Problem Solving 2, 8 - Line Plots, 9 - Areas and Perimeter Applications, 10 - Measurement Relationships
- Graphs and Statistics: 1 - Line Plot Graphs (free), 2 - Circle Graphs (free), 3 - Bar Graphs, 4 - Reading Tables and Charts, 5 - Pictographs
- Geometry: 1 - Polygons, 2 - Symmetry, 3 - Quadrilaterals, 4 - Perimeter, 5 - Problem Solving 1, 6 - Problem Solving 2, 7 - Lines: Perpendicular and Parallel, 8 - Angles, 9 - Triangles, 10 - Solid Figures, 11 - Measuring Angles
Science Grade 4 (Ages 9-10)
- Life Science: 1 - Living Things (free), 2 - Nonliving Things (free), 3 - Ecosystems, 4 - Food Chain Part 1, 5 - Food Chain Part 2, 6 - Food Web, 7 - Habitats, 8 - Underpopulation and Overpopulation, 9 - Animal Adaptations, 10 - Plant Adaptations, 11 - Endangered and Threatened Species, 12 - Pollution, 13 - Conservation, 14 - Recycling, 15 - Extinction, 16 - Fossils, 17 - Dinosaurs
- Earth Systems Science: 1 - The Water Cycle (free), 2 - How Water Is Changed by Temperature (free), 3 - Clouds, 4 - Precipitation, 5 - Weather Prediction, 6 - Weather Instruments, 7 - Weather Maps, 8 - Seasonal Changes, 9 - Day and Night, 10 - Tornadoes!, 11 - Earthquakes!, 12 - Technology Used to View the Night Sky, 13 - Moon Movements and Phases, 14 - Characteristics of Planets, 15 - Characteristics of Stars, 16 - Constellations, 17 - Solar System Part 1: Planet Order, 18 - The Inner Planets, 19 - The Outer Planets
- Physical Science: 1 - Matter and Its Properties (free), 2 - Matter and Its Many Forms (free), 3 - Changes in Matter, 4 - Force and Motion, 5 - Gravity and Motion, 6 - Types of Energy, 7 - Light Energy, 8 - How Light Behaves, 9 - Prisms, 10 - Materials and Light, 11 - Convex and Concave Lenses, 12 - Sound Energy, 13 - Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy, 14 - Simple Machines
Language Arts Grade 5 (Ages 10-11)
- Grammar: 1 - Four Types of Sentences (free), 2 - Subjects and Predicates (free), 3 - Punctuation, 4 - Conjunctions, 5 - Nouns, 6 - Common and Proper Nouns, 7 - Singular and Plural Nouns, 8 - Possessive Nouns, 9 - Adjectives, 10 - Articles and Demonstratives, 11 - Comparison, 12 - Possessive Pronouns, 13 - Contractions With Pronouns, 14 - Adverbs, 15 - Prepositions, 16 - "That" and "Which" Clauses, 17 - "Whose" and "Who's"
- Verbs: 1 - Main and Helping Verbs (free), 2 - Action and Linking Verbs (free), 3 - Direct and Indirect Objects, 4 - Present Tense, 5 - Past Tense, 6 - Future Tense, 7 - Subject-Verb Agreement, 8 - Agreement With Be and Have, 9 - Contractions With Not, 10 - Irregular Verbs (1), 11 - Irregular Verbs (2), 12 - The Right Verb
- Vocabulary and Spelling: 1 - SH, CH, or TH? (free), 2 - OW/OU and OY/OI (free), 3 - J and CH Sounds, 4 - Silent Letters, 5 - Syllables, 6 - Geographic Adjectives, 7 - Interjections, 8 - Abbreviations, 9 - Homophones, 10 - Word Families, 11 - Simple/Double Consonants, 12 - I or Me? We or Us?, 13 - Figuratively Speaking, 14 - Tone of Talk, 15 - Laser Eye
Math Grade 5 (Ages 10-11)
- Numbers and Operations: 1 - Equations and Order of Operations (free), 2 - Addition and Subtraction Review (free), 3 - Multiplication and Division, 4 - The Multiplication Algorithm, 5 - 3 Digit Multiplier and Zeros Handling, 6 - Division: 1 Digit Divisor, 7 - Division: 2 Digits Divisor, 8 - Division and Remainder, 9 - Equations, 10 - Problem Solving 1, 11 - Place Value Up To Billions, 12 - Counting and Adding Large Numbers, 13 - Tenths Hundredths and Thousandths, 14 - Adding and Subtracting Decimals, 15 - Multiplying Decimals, 16 - Dividing Decimals, 17 - Multiplying and Dividing by 10, 100, and..., 18 - Multiplying and Dividing Decimals by..., 19 - Problem Solving 2
- Fractions: 1 - Introduction to Fractions and Mixed... (free), 2 - Adding Fractions (free), 3 - Subtracting Fractions 1, 4 - Subtracting Fractions 2: Renaming, 5 - Equivalent Fractions, 6 - Adding Unlike Fractions, 7 - The Common Denominator, 8 - Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions, 9 - Mixed Numbers With Unlike Fractional Parts, 10 - Adding and Subtracting Several Un..., 11 - Comparing Fractions, 12 - Comparing Unlike Fractions, 13 - Simplifying Fractions, 14 - Multiplying Fractions by Whole Numbers, 15 - Multiplying Fractions By Fractions, 16 - Simplifying Before Multiplying, 17 - Comparing Fractions and Decimal Multiplication, 18 - Fraction Multiplication and Area, 19 - Multiplying Mixed Numbers, 20 - Dividing Fractions, 21 - Dividing Fractions: The Shortcut, 22 - Dividing Mixed Numbers, 23 - Fractions to Decimals
- Measuring and Estimating: 1 - Multiplication and Area (free), 2 - Balance Problems and Equations, 3 - Rounding Large Numbers, 4 - Calculator, 5 - Multiples Estimation and the Calculator, 6 - Comparing and Rounding Decimals, 7 - Measuring Units, 8 - The Metric System, 9 - Rounding and Estimating, 10 - Measuring in Inches, 11 - Fractions and Decimals in Measuring..., 12 - Converting Between Area Units
- Graphs and Stats: 1 - Coordinate Grid (free), 2 - Functions (free), 3 - Line Graphs, 4 - Bar Graphs and Histograms, 5 - Average (mean), 6 - Mode, 7 - Introduction to Integers, 8 - Adding Integers, 9 - Subtracting Integers, 10 - Coordinate Grid With Integers, 11 - Functions With Integers, 12 - Ratios, 13 - Ratios and Fractions, 14 - Percent, 15 - Percent and Fractions, 16 - Ratios Fractions and Percents
- Geometry: 1 - Review: Angles Polygons and Circles (free), 2 - Quadrilaterals (free), 3 - Equilateral Isosceles and Scalene Triangles, 4 - Area of Right Triangles, 5 - Area of Parallelograms, 6 - Area of Triangles, 7 - Area of Polygons, 8 - Area and Perimeters Problems, 9 - Volume of Rectangular Prisms (cu...), 10 - Surface Area of Rectangular Prisms, 11 - Pyramids Prisms Cylinders and Cones, 12 - Similar Figures in a Coordinate Plane
Science (Age 10-11)
- Physical Science: 1 - Matter and Its Properties (free), 2 - Matter and Its Many Forms (free), 3 - Changes in Matter, 4 - The Small Stuff, 5 - Detecting Invisible Substances, 6 - Mixtures, 7 - Force and Motion, 8 - Gravity and Motion, 9 - Types of Energy, 10 - Light Energy, 11 - Sound Energy, 12 - Electricity, 13 - Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy, 14 - Instruments
- Life Science: 1 - Living Things (free), 2 - Nonliving Things (free), 3 - Organisms, 4 - Animal Adaptations, 5 - Body Systems, 6 - Information Processing, 7 - Inheritance, 8 - Plant Adaptations, 9 - Ecosystems, 10 - Cycling of Matter, 11 - Food Chain Part 1, Food Chain Part 2, 13 - Food Web, 14 - Habitats, 15 - Biodiversity, 16 - Underpopulation and Overpopulation, 17 - Changes in Species, 18 - Endangered and Threatened Species, 19 - Extinction, 20 - Fossils, 21 - Pollution, 22 - Conservation, 23 - Recycling
- Earth Systems Science: 1 - Spheres (free), 2 - Earth's Resources (free), 3 - The Sun's Resources, 4 - Day and Night, 5 - The Water Cycle, 6 - How Water is Changed by Temperature, 7 - Precipitation, 8 - Clouds, 9 - Weather Prediction, 10 - Weather Instruments, 11 - Weather Maps, 12 - Tornadoes!, 13 - Changes in the Earth's Surface, 14 - Plate Tectonics, 15 - Earthquakes!, 16 - Human Activities Affect Earth, 17 - Conservation of Natural Resources
Health Grade 5 (Ages 10-11)
- Nutrition: 1 - Food Groups (free), 2 - Essential Elements and Nutrition (free), 3 - Food Safety, 4 - Vitamins and Supplements, 5 - Obesity, 6 - Diabetes, 7 - Cholesterol, 8 - Fast Food Frenzy
- Medical Musts: 1 - Basic Medical Terms (free), 2 - Common Medical Tests (free), 3 - Infection - What Type?, 4 - Common Medicines, 5 - Dosage - How Much Do I Take?, 6 - Antibiotic Resistance, 7 - Quit Smoking, 8 - Alcohol Use, 9 - Organ Transplants, 10 - Cancer - What Is It?
- Physical Activity/Sports: 1 - The Knee and Injuries (free), 2 - The Ankle and Injuries (free), 3 - The Vertebrae and Injuries, 4 - The Shoulder Elbow and Hip Joints, 5 - Injury Vocabulary, 6 - Sports Injuries, 7 - Effects of Training, 8 - Hydration - It's Important!, 9 - Performance Enhancing Issues, 10 - Physical Therapy
- Growth and Development: 1 - Integumentary System (Skin) (free), 2 - Skeletal System (free), 3 - Muscular System, 4 - Nervous System, 5 - Endocrine System, 6 - Sensory System, 7 - Cardiovascular System, 8 - Respiratory System, 9 - Lymphatic System, 10 - Digestive System, 11 - Urinary System, 12 - Disease of the Systems
- Safety: 1 - Basic First Aid (free), 2 - CPR (free), 3 - Accident Prevention, 4 - Chemicals and Environmental Hazards, 5 - Disaster Preparedness, 6 - Bullying, 7 - Self Defense, 8 - Help - Who Do You Ask?, 9 - Sun Safety, 10 - Helmets
Prior to choosing a lesson, you have the opportunity to determine the parameters of the application by pressing the gear button at the bottom of the Progress Chart screen. You have the choice of setting the grading system to 10/20 or ABC after a lesson is completed. The user can also reset the application, which erases all previous scores. Finally, there is an in-app feedback button in which the user can send direct feedback to the author about an exercise. You can also go back to the Library menu by pressing the "+" button.
Pressing the circle with iTooch's face in the middle will show a pop-up menu with the following options:
- Leaderboards: Pressing this will log the user into Game Center to view the leaderboard scores for the application.
- Achievements: Pressing this will log the user into Game Center to view his or her achievements.
- Recommend: Pressing the "Recommend" button will show a pop-up from the "Mail" application with text filled in to recommend the application via e-mail to the user's friends. You must have internet access and the "Mail" application associated with your e-mail in order to use this option.
- Newsletter: In order to subscribe to eduPad's newsletter, press this button and enter your e-mail address into the white rectangle. Press "Subscribe Now" to submit your e-mail address and begin receiving newsletters via e-mail from eduPad!
- Invite a Friend: Pressing this button will invite other users via friend request via the Game Center to use the application.
If you need "Help" or more information about the application, press iTooch prior to selecting a lesson. This will cause the "Help" menu to show from the left hand side of the page. This page will show the population the application is intended for, how the application works (including images), ideas for how to use the application with children or in the classroom, how to share your own ideas, and more! Finally, you can view other eduPad applications by pressing the "eduPad apps" text in the lower right hand corner of the page.
To begin application play, first choose a title from the application Library in which you have downloaded. Press the "Play" triangle button next to the title. Next, choose which activity you wish to practice or test. Overall categories will be on the left hand side of the application followed by individual lessons in each circle. Press on a circle to view the lesson title. Once you have chosen a lesson title, press "Go". If you have not purchased the entire title, if you press "Buy" next to the lesson name, it will bring you back to the Library to purchase the entire title.
The application automatically chooses the "Practice Mode" to begin the lesson. To view paragraphs describing the skill being practiced by pressing on iTooch (the orange guy in the left hand corner who animates). The lesson will appear from the left hand side. Important vocabulary and information are highlighted in different colors. There may also be images and examples within the paragraphs.
In "Practice Mode", the user will be able to answer multiple choice, true/false, or fill in the blank questions about the paragraphs they read. If the user would like, he or she can see a hint by pressing the lightbulb button. Finally, the user can also use a chalkboard to try and figure out the answer. There are six different colors of chalk (blue, red, yellow, green, white, and gray), small to large width of chalk, an eraser, undo and redo buttons, the ability for the user to share his or her work on the whiteboard, and a trash icon to erase the entire board. Once the user has determined the correct answer, he or she should press on one of the multiple choice options or type in his or her answer. This will cause it to highlight his or her choice or bring up the keyboard to type. If the choice is correct, a sound will play and a green check mark will appear next to the answer, points will be added to the users' total in the top right corner, and the bar on the right hand side of the app will light up one more square. If incorrect, a different sound will play followed by a red "x' appearing next to the choice and a green check mark appearing next to the correct answer, points will not be added to the total and may be deleted, and the bar on the right hand side of the app will decrease by one square. Press "Skip Question" if you choose not to answer or "Next Question" once an answer has been selected. Each incorrect answer once a user has reached the horizontal bar will cause a square to be added in the opposite direction.
If you choose "Test Mode" move the lever down. The application will count down from 3 to 1. The bar on the right hand side will be replaced with a visual timer. The user is allowed one minute per question. If the user would like, he or she can still use iTooch or the whiteboard to assist in answering the question. A sentence, question, paragraph, image, or combination of these options will appear. The user must answer the multiple choice or true/false question by pressing on his or her answer to highlight it. Just like before, green check marks and red "x"es will appear to show correct and incorrect answers. Press the "Next Question" button to move on to the next question and have the timer reset. If the timer runs out, it will be counted as incorrect.
My Progress Chart
Following completion of the Test Mode of a lesson, press "Display Results" to see the Test Results of the individual lesson. This will show the total correct answers out of the total amount of questions, a grade, points earned from the correct answers, points earned from the time bonus/possible strike bonus, and if the user made it to the next level. The user can press the "Next Level" to continue application play or the Home button to head back to the Progress Chart.
The Progress Chart will show the user's progress on a given subject. If a student has received 100% for answering all questions correctly, he or she will receive a star in the circle related to the lesson mastered. Otherwise a green dot will appear for a lesson completed but not quite at 100%. Pressing on a lesson previously completed will show its grade. The user can retake the lesson's test at any time.
What I Like About This Application:
- The application offers an incredible amount of free lessons and tests! Plus, there are over 18,000 exercises that can be added on!
- The application has correlated activities to the national common core standards.
- There are lessons, practice tests, and tests for students to practice their skills in Math, Language Arts, Science, and Health.
- Important vocabulary is highlighted in a different color.
- Lessons are divided up into grades to make sure that the user is learning at an age-appropriate level.
- One can view his or her progress on the application and review lessons.
- Images are included with many lessons which is great for students who are visual learners.
- A user can take notes or work out equations via a chalkboard within the application.
- Children are motivated by iTooch's animations from time to time.
- Students are given immediate feedback on an answer.
What I Would Like to See in Future Updates:
- Some of my students have difficulty reading, so it would be great if there were an option for text to be read aloud, including answers.
- There were a few spelling/capitalization errors throughout the application, but nothing too big. It would be appropriate to review through the application and all of its lessons for editing purposes.
- I only have one iPad for my students to share, so it would be great if one could save user profiles. I know the application is quite large already, but to have the option would be amazing!
- It would be nice to lock students in practice mode, test mode, or within a lesson to make sure that they cannot float between lessons if a teacher asks them to practice on their own.
- Articulation/Fluency/Voice - Have the student read the paragraphs, questions, and answers aloud using his or her best speech sounds, fluency strategies, and vocal strategies. In addition, within the "Vocabulary and Spelling" Language Arts lesson, one can discuss and practice SH, CH, TH, and J sounds and spellings of words.
- Vocabulary - Use the application to teach students age-level vocabulary in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Health. Test their understanding via use of "Test Mode" or instruction outside of the application. "Vocabulary Booster" lessons provide concepts to assist students in learning new vocabulary words such as prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, and antonyms.
- Grammar - Use the Language Arts lessons to help students learn and practice syntax, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and more. Test a students' knowledge following instruction using "Test Mode".
- Editing Sentences - Use the Language Arts lessons to help students learn and practice capitalization and punctuation skills.
- Expressive Language - The Language Arts lessons discuss communication in regards to verbal skills as well as writing in relation to choosing a topic, supporting opinions, and teamwork. In addition, many lessons also incorporate learning various compound and complex sentence types.
- Figurative Language - There are some lessons in the Language Arts sections related to idioms and figurative language in which a user can practice.
- Phonological Awareness - Within the "Vocabulary Booster" section of the Language Arts sections, there are some lessons which incorporate phonological awareness skills such as word families and homophones.
- Life Skills - Many of the "Health" lessons as well as some of the "Communication" lessons (within the Language Arts sections) address life skills including calling 911, daily routines, dosage of medication, etc.
- Research Skills - Students can learn about research skills within the "Research and Reasoning" lesson in the "Language Arts" section of the application.
- Safety - Within the "Health" portion of the application as well as some of the "Communication" lessons (within the Language Arts sections), many lessons incorporate learning important safety skills such as calling 911, basic CPR, information about drugs/alcohol/smoking, self defense, accident prevention, and more!
- Speech and Language Anatomy - Within the "Growth and Development" lesson of the "Health" portion of the application are various lessons on systems of human anatomy. Included in these lessons are the skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, and respiratory system. You can use these lessons and images to teach children about how the various systems relate to speech and language.
- Categorization - Within the "Science" lessons, there are a few lessons which may assist in categorization skills. These include "Living Things", "Nonliving Things", and information about various species. Have students place different animals, plants, and other items in different categories.
- Sequencing - Use "Science" lessons to discuss life cycles and weather cycles. You can also use "Math" lessons to discuss order of operations in math. Finally, discuss the order of paragraphs using "Language Arts" lessons.
- Pragmatic Skills - Use the "Tone of Talk" lesson within the "Language Arts" section to discuss tone of voice with a student, "Emotions" to discuss feelings, and "Handling Difficult Situations" to work on problem solving with a student.
- Reading Comprehension - Use the "Reading Comprehension" lesson in the "Language Arts" section to teach strategies which will assist in reading comprehension skills such as describing characters, main idea, sequencing events, predicting future events, summarization, and more.
iTooch Elementary School is available for the iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, and iPad mini for free. In-app purchases for more lessons cost $4.99 each.
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