A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Social Studies: exploration
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, spatial reasoning
Creativity: producing new content
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free
- Release date: May 27, 2018
- Category: Education
- Size: 319.90 MB
- Publisher: Magnate Interactive
- Version: 2.1.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later
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