What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
Engagement, Approach, Support
Gorgeous illustrations with interactive elements will grab kids' attention.
Learning is self-guided. Labels and tappable features provide detailed information. The addition of scored games or assessments would help kids who want to track their learning progress.
Although navigation is relatively easy, there's so much information that kids might feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, the help option explains the various features and how to access information.
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.
Families can talk 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.