iTooch Middle School is a new app from developer eduPad Inc. Like all of the iTooch apps that I've used, this one lives up to the developer's high standards and earns a top pick from Fun Educational Apps as an outstanding educational app.
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The app opens to a blackboard style menu, offering activities in five different areas. In Language arts, sections include: Reading, Writing and Composition, Grammar, Vocabulary Booster, and Communication. In Math, the sections are: Number and Operations, Algebraic Structures, Data Analysis, Graphs, and Geometry. Each of the three grade levels has a math and language arts package available to try (two activities from each section). You can download each segment by hitting the plus button at the bottom. This is also how you switch between packages if you are using more than one.
The menu has dots showing how many activities are available for each activity. Tap on each dot to see what the subject of each lesson is. For instance, in Grade 6 math, the two Graphs activities are Describing Ordered Pairs and The Coordinate Plane. Tap on Go to advance the activity. Within each activity are a variety of styles and levels of questions on that topic. From basic recall questions to analysis questions, the app varies its style of inquiry widely in each activity. A bar on the side monitors student progress throughout the activity.
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I am a huge fan of any app that can be used for both instruction and assessment. This app does both. Tap the little orange iTooch guy to get a lesson on any activity. Lessons are extensive with examples and colored vocabulary words. The Lessons are available during both the Practice and Test sessions (switch on the side). Timed, six questions quizzes are found for each activity - making this an easy informal assessment for parents and teachers. The Practice sessions are extensive, with multiple opportunities for practice and review of the lesson accompanying each skill.
In the math activities, I really liked that the app gave students both a blackboard space (accessible via the pen tool at the bottom) to show work for math calculations, and also offered a calculator tool as well. In the reading activities, some of the questions were based on short passages. Tapping the iTooch guy brought up the reading passage, and a bit of the lesson. Within each lesson (I was using the theme lesson in 6th grade Language Arts) there were several fables, plus a couple presidential speeches. I really liked the mix up of fiction and nonfiction, as well as the different genres available.
Overall, there are simply too many great details to go into for an app review. I highly recommend that you download the free versions of the app and see what will work for your students. The questions vary in level of difficulty and rigor and the app boasts more than 10,000 exercises for students. This top pick is a great item to add to any educator's toolbox. With Common Core aligned questions, lessons, and assessments, this app truly does it all.
If your kids are in Elementary school ... Check our review for iTooch Elementary School
iTooch Middle School | Math and Language Arts worksheets for 6th, 7th and 8th grade is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady.
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