You're the Detective by AppEndix LLC is an aptly named mystery app. Users are presented with cases that must be solved. Each mystery has a written case file to read and a picture clue for investigating. Users can press and hold the screen to bring up a magnifying glass to better look for clues. As children try to deduce what happened, they move to the Question and Answer screen to answer a series of questions related to the case.
Each case file is short, only a screen long, and isn't read aloud. Each picture clue is different, but all have the magnifying glass tool available for investigations. The Q&A section asks guiding questions for each case. Some of the questions here are multiple choice, where users tap the answer from a drop down menu. Other questions are think about it style, where children simply come up with the answer. For each question, users can place their finger on the question and swipe left to pull up a hidden solution button. Tapping the solution button will give the answer and explanation for the question. The last question gives the solution to the mystery.
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You're the Detective is a great app for teaching children the elements of mystery and the skill of inferring. I actually worked with this app for an iLesson on inferring. You can read my blog post about it here. I really liked that each mystery had both a written case file and a picture clue. This had children using various skills to determine what happened. The Q&A section was also really well done. I liked that the questions started out basic and took more analysis the farther into the mystery the reader got. The cases are not simple to solve either. In case number 3 each of the students I was working with had a different solution. And all could justify their solution with clues from the text or picture.
Overall, You're the Detective is a fun app for mystery lovers and a great tool for teachers. The case files, pictures, and questions are cleverly done and thought provoking. I appreciate apps like this that I can work into my instruction.
You're the Detective is available for download via the iTune App Store - iOS Unviversal
RRP - $0.99/#0.69/€0.89
At the time of this review there are no ads, in-app purchases, or external links.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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