DK The Human Body App

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Gorgeous reference shows the wonders of human anatomy.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about 12 human body systems: integrated body, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, integumentary (skin, hair, and nails), lymphatic and immune, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. Once kids choose a system, a labeled image of the system appears. Kids can zoom in, turn for a 360-degree view, and click on hotspots and other features to learn more. DK The Human Body App is a comprehensive digital reference tool that can help kids learn about the human body in great detail.

Ease of Play

A help option provides great instructions for navigating the wealth of information and features. 

Violence
Sex

The app includes details and images related to the male and female reproductive systems.  

Language
Consumerism

There are some links to the app store and the developer's website, but a pop-up warns users before they proceed. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DK The Human Body App is an innovative reference tool that teaches kids about the human body. Based on an award-winning book, the app covers all the body systems and is packed with beautiful illustrations, 3-D animations, a handful of videos, and a wealth of detailed scientific information. 

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What's it about?

Kids get started by tapping a system on the home page, and then they see a labeled image of the system with tappable hot spots. You can turn off the labels and hot spots if you wish. There are chapters and story boxes within each system that cover more detailed topics. These features contain more images, explanatory text, and tappable hot spots that teach kids details of a particular system. For example, when kids tap on the respiratory system, they can view and learn details about each organ in the system. Then within this system kids can access the chapters "Lungs" and "Breathing and Vocalization" to learn about these topics. They can tap the story boxes in the chapters for even more detailed information. A handy search feature lets kids explore the content of the app using key terms.

Is it any good?

DK THE HUMAN BODY APP does a fantastic job of turning an in-depth reference book into an interactive, digital-learning experience. Kids can tap and turn their way through the body systems, learning amazing details about each system and its organs. This alone makes the cost of the app worth it. Animated videos help explain some of the topics, thus supporting visual and audio learning. Kids may be overwhelmed by the vast amount of information available, so using the Help feature is a good way to get kids started.

Kids with different learning styles would benefit from some sort of text-to-speech feature, which is not currently an option. A built-in challenge to help kids apply and assess what they've learned also would be nice. Still, DK The Human Body App is a fantastic, interactive way to help kids learn about human anatomy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Choose one body system at a time to explore together. Encourage kids to ask questions.

  • You could also use the app to review a body system by having kids turn off the labels and then quiz each other.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Science: biology
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, part-whole relationships
  • Price: $6.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: August 12, 2011
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 400.00 MB
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later

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