Waypoint EDU

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Explore outdoors, take custom quizzes with AR experience.

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Educational Value

Practice geocaching and following directions; test academic knowledge with the quiz-creating tool.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use, although creating a play field requires precision, or users may easily find themselves in unintended (or potentially unsafe) spots. Creating quizzes is very easy and user-friendly.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Waypoint EDU combines a geocaching game with a quiz creator. Adults can create AR (augmented reality) treasure hunts with custom quizzes for kids to take on the app. Once the details -- such as the quiz questions and the real-life play field -- are set, then the adult transfers the hunts to kids' devices via AirDrop. There are also two pre-loaded quizzes with history themes to try. Waypoint EDU's developer calls this app "STEM education plus fresh air." As with any geocaching app, kids should use caution and stay safe by having an adult nearby when using map-based apps in public spaces. There's no content in the app that's inappropriate for kids younger than 13, but they shouldn't use the app without supervision. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use WAYPOINT EDU, choose Create or Play. To play, choose a hunt already loaded on the Create menu, or an adult can transfer a hunt onto the kid's device. Also, players can choose from pre-created hunts, such as Wonders of the World or Famous Inventions. In Wonders of the World, you can see famous human-made structures in five locations. Tap Define the Playfield and allow the app access to your location while using the app. Use your finger to draw a line around the outdoor area inside which participants will hunt for the locations. Tap the green check box to go. To create a quiz, tap Create and follow the easy instructions to add quiz questions and location.

Is it any good?

If parents plan the hunts with safety in mind, this app can be a fun, quiz-style learning experience. Waypoint EDU's quizzes are easy for adults to create and for kids to take, and the maps and visuals are crystal clear. Kids will likely enjoy being outside, searching for locations, and answering the questions. Note: Adults must draw the play fields very carefully; it's easy to find that a waypoint has been placed in someone's private yard, in the middle of a street, or in other unintended (and potentially unsafe) spots.  Also, though there's no content that's inappropriate for kids under 13, an adult should supervise if younger kids use it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Waypoint EDU combines geocaching with quiz-taking. In addition to this creative app, what are some other ways to make learning information and practicing for tests fun?

  • Before kids use this app, a serious outdoor safety reminder is important. Talk about safety with regard to walking, traffic, private property, and other people in your surroundings when using this app, and consider using this app in a fenced-in playground or yard with younger kids. (Parents and teachers creating the play fields must also be extra aware of what's in the boundaries when making the play fields.)

  • Encourage kids to use the compass directions on the map, and be aware of which way they're traveling in everyday life: In what direction are we traveling now?

App details

For kids who love outdoor play and education apps

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