App of the Week: Schoology

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Title: Schoology
Platform: iOS, Android, Web
Cost: Free

 

 

This week’s app comes to you from Kayla,’  a teen who works as a page at my library. The other day she came to tell me about the easy way she was doing biology homework on her phone. Since she was using the app, and if I downloaded it I would not have a class to practice with, I asked Kayla to tell us about how it works:

“Your teacher can upload multiple choice questions for you to answer for homework. They can limit how many times you can answer them, so it can give you a challenge by only having you do it once, or you can re-do it a few times and fix your mistakes. It’s a good learning site, because it’s hands on.’  It’s a good way to review for big tests because the multiple choice questions reflect what you’ve done in class.’  Teachers and students can post notes on it, and can comments on each other’s notes.’  You can look at the schedule for future assignments.’  You can put photos, vidoes, and files from drop box to share with the class. Students might upload their notes.”

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App of the Week: Flow Free

Title: Flow Free
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free, with additional paid content

 

 

Who knew connect the dots could be so compelling? Flow Free is my new favorite addictive puzzle game. It starts out easy on a five by five grid with five colors. You must connect the dots and cover each square on the grid without crossing over paths, or flows, between dots. As you progress through the levels the game becomes increasingly more complicated, adding more dots to connect and more space in the grid to connect them.’  Bright colors on a black background resemble an 80s arcade game, but, unlike most arcade games there is no pressure of a time limit if you don’t want one.’  In free play mode, you can spend as long as you need on each level, and make as many moves as you like. You can even take back all of your moves and start over. The fewer moves you need, the more points you get, and if you solve a level perfectly you’ll get a star. Or you can up the tempo and play against the clock in time trial mode. Continue reading