Parents' Guide to

Arloon Plants

By Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Cool interactivity and images but some confusing science.

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Though the interactive elements and concepts are strong, the language used may lead to misconceptions. For example, kids drag water and mineral salts toward the roots and push xylem sap through the channels to reach the leaves. This may reinforce the misconception that plants eat dirt from their roots. Text in the app further adds to this confusion, stating, "Photosynthesis consists of transforming the raw (xylem) sap into phloem or refined sap, that the plant uses as food." Not only might this be conceptually confusing, but it's also advanced enough that kids will definitely need some background before jumping in; it's probably not a tool they'd use casually for fun. Clarifying a few key points and correcting a couple of key typos -- "dessert" instead of "desert" and "oxigen" instead of "oxygen" -- would make this app a stronger contender as a resource.

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