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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Alien Assignment is an app that encourages problem solving and family interaction. Kids help the Gloop family fix their spaceship by taking photos of objects they think might help solve specific problems like a leak or a stuck steering wheel. Then, they hand the device with their photos over to a parent or adult to review. The review is a great opportunity for parents to take part and talk with kids about their thinking. Alien Assignment is an engaging and active family activity that adults and kids can enjoy together.
What's it about?
In ALIEN ASSIGNMENT, kids are on a mission to help the Gloop family fix their spaceship. The narrator instructs kids to take photos of objects that can help solve various problems. For example, there is a leak, so they need something that can hold liquid. Parents can set the number of pictures required per round from 4 to 20. After each round, kids pass the device to an adult who verifies that the object photographed will solve the specific problem. If parents give the photos a thumbs-up, kids can watch the ship getting fixed.
Is it any good?
Alien Assignment is a fantastic opportunity for kids to be active while engaged with an educational app. It also does a great job of involving parents in kids' learning. The photo review provides kids with feedback on their solutions and also gives parents a way to begin conversations with kids about important learning topics.
The premise of the Gloop family story is thought out and well executed. The illustrations and animations are cartoony and something kids will enjoy. The picture prompts change with each use, so kids can replay for a new learning experience. Alien Assignment is a "must have" for some family fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Ask your kids to explain their thinking when they bring photos to you for review. Ask them questions like "Why did you choose this object?" and "How will this help the Gloops fix their spaceship?"
Encourage your kids to come up with creative and alternate solutions to everyday situations. Ask your kids "How else might we do this?"
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Creativity: developing novel solutions
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, problem solving, thinking critically
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: August 3, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: Space and aliens
- Size: 53.30 MB
- Publisher: Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
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