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Pines to Vines - The Forest Biome

By Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Amazing digital textbook brings forests to kids' fingertips.

App iPad Paid Education
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PINES TO VINES – THE FOREST BIOME is an incredibly thorough digital textbook that supports a wide variety of learning styles and abilities. Features such as text highlighting, text to speech, note-taking, chapter tests, and interactive media create an engaging, well-rounded learning experience. Kids will enjoy scrolling through the text, tapping on words and images, watching the videos, and recording their voices within the glossary.

Some of the cartoon videos are a bit unusual and do not add much to the science content, but this certainly does not take away from the multitude and depth of the other videos and digital resources offered. An interactive map of forest biomes, a photo gallery, chapter tests, a glossary, a handful of videos, and a Dropbox sync option make Pines to Vines worth the hefty price tag for kids who want to learn about forests. Because there are so many learning options and features, parents may want to offer some guidance to get kids started.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Science : animals, biology, ecosystems and the environment, plants
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : applying information, asking questions, memorization
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: October 26, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Mobile Education Store LLC
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.1 or later
  • Last updated: August 17, 2016

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