Wizard School App
Size: 78.6 MB
By Duck Duck Moose
Price: Of course, free
Do you remember when we used encyclopedias in schools to browse subjects or get some basic dates and facts about something? Even if you don’t, we know that some students are “browsers.” Some set in to read full length novels, and other flit around reading the backs of Pokemon cards and the Rules to Enter on the sides of cereal boxes. Wizard School app will appeal to the latter group and, perhaps, even to the former on certain days.
This app will certainly appeal to students in grades 3 to 6 who have some reading skills. The creation of an avatar that represents you in the app appeals to everyone. Even me.
Subjects you can browse include: Design (like Design a Vehicle), Animals (66 options), World, Drawing, People, Imagination, Space, Photography, Sports, Do-It-Yourself, Science, Kidpreneur, Health, Riddles and Puzzles.
In the animals section, I did open up the information about Polar Bears and it contained:
- a small portion of video from the BBC featuring playful polar bear cubs with their mom,
- Alysa McCall, polar bear scientist explaining what adaptations polar bears have made to live in the far north,
- an interview with Elizabeth Bailey from the Memphis Zoo lets students know what they can do to help save a polar bear
- and students can record their voice to make a PSA about saving the polar bear population using the knowledge they have acquired.
There are riddles and puzzles to challenge students and buzz feed videos that features many of the topics.
The front screen tells us that Wizard School is made in partnership with Khan Academy.
Download it on the ipads in your classroom and make it, possibly, a literacy centre during your Daily 5.