A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Navigation is very easy, and interactive features are intuitive. It's hard to get lost in this app.
Products & Purchases
A few links on the home page take users to the developer's website and a partner website. A feedback button takes users to the app store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that HudsonAlpha iCell is a free reference app with cool, interactive graphics that help kids learn about three kinds of cells at their own pace. Different levels of text make the app appealing to a variety of ages. Because the app is mainly interactive pictures with text, some kids may not be engaged for very long; after tapping on all the structures in the three cells, there's nothing new to explore.
Is It Any Good?
For a free tool, HudsonAlpha iCell is worth a try for kids who're interested in biology and cell structures. Three text levels make it adaptive for a wide range of learners, and kids will enjoy the colorful, interactive illustrations. There is plenty to learn about each type of cell, but, without challenges or activities to test their knowledge, kids might lose interest rather quickly. So long as kids aren’t looking for countless hours of engagement, the app is a decent tool for teaching kids about cells.
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