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By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Crowdsourcing app for homework answers iffy and buggy.

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Crowdsourcing homework help is not the best way to learn, and the implementation of this social media model further fails for several reasons. Ethically, some may consider it outright cheating; practically speaking, kids can't be sure they're getting accurate help or answers, even with up votes. Beyond those issues, the app just doesn't work well. Posting answers from the camera roll, which is the more effective way to demonstrate a math problem, causes crashes. Often the pictures are at strange angles or too blurry to read. Also, it seems there are very few responses and lots of questions; when there are responses, they often conflict with each other. Finally, there's no urgency to getting answers. Most kids posting homework problems are looking for immediate help, which can't be guaranteed via the social media model here. Though they can use a 72-hour "boost" in exchange for a gem, there's still no guarantee they'll get an answer in time. Though the idea of a quick fix is attractive to a frustrated student, help from a teacher, tutor, or parent is a much better bet.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Communication: asking questions, conveying messages effectively, Collaboration: cooperation
  • Pricing structure: Free (Users can purchase tokens and gems to redeem for more help.)
  • Release date: October 1, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: digiSchool
  • Version: 3.1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up
  • Last updated: July 27, 2016

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