Parents' Guide to

iBiome - Ocean Lite

By Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kids dive into virtual world of aquatic food webs.

App iPad Free Education
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This interactive resource has plenty of learning content and engages kids with interactive tasks, but the free version is limited to only one aquatic habitat and has some imperfect features. The journal in iBiome - Ocean Lite is an excellent resource of images and descriptions of organisms, and the food webs are fantastic visual models of feeding relationships. There's a lot of text and audio to digest, but building the webs is highly interactive, and earning badges motivates kids to complete tasks. However, there are some minor issues with usability. For example, there's a button on the main screen labeled "Ocean & Us!" but when users tap the Build button, nothing happens. Also, experimenting with the biodome by adding new species is potentially cool, but confusing: There are instructions for adding the species, but after that, kids are left on their own to figure things out. Though it could use a bit of refinement, it's a good test to see if it's worth buying the paid version.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Science: animals, biology, ecosystems and the environment
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, investigation, part-whole relationships
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 17, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Ocean Creatures
  • Publisher: Springbay Studio Ltd.
  • Version: 2.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: September 5, 2017

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