Recycle HD

This Recycle HD app also includes:

Teach not only reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic, but also today's three Rs as well: reduce, reuse, and recycle! The reasons and ways we can be Earth-friendly are presented with images, text, and video to keep the attention of all types of learners!

2nd - 6th Science 1 Collection 64 Views 26 Downloads
CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
App Overview

On a diagram of the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle cycle, find the following features:

  • Play: Series of questions requiring "yes" or "no" answers
  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • An information bar at the bottom of the screen: Tap on the arrow to read an overview of the importance of these practices

While exploring each feature, find:

  • Informational text describing the method of handling waste materials
  • A Did You Know? bar that provides additional facts
  • Polaroid-style photos with captions
  • Icons across the top leading to:
    • Quiz: A multiple-choice, Bloom's taxonomy based quiz
    • Camera: A quality slide show
    • Video Recorder: A collection of pertinent videos
    • Read to Me: Where user can opt to have text narrated
    • Speaker: Turn background music and sound effects on or off
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Rating Details

  • Adherence to task
  • Worth the money
  • Fun factor

    Learners may lose interest quickly

  • Scaffolding of learning
  • User safety
  • Control and feedback
  • How techie do I need to be?
    Intermediate
Instructional Ideas

When your upper-elementary class is learning about environmentally friendly practices, Recycle HD can be used as a teaching or review tool. Design an entire recycling unit using this application and then follow it by collecting and donating clothing for reuse or gathering cans and bottles for recycling!

Classroom Considerations

  • One insignificant issue is that users are greeted with a message including the word "learnt" when entering any Quiz.
  • This application does not sparkle as much as others even though it is fairly thoughtfully designed and educational. Learners that have shorter attention spans may lose interest quickly. Consider creating a worksheet for them to complete as they explore Recycle HD.
  • Every Quiz question answered correctly earns a gold coin, and a smiling emoticon with a thumbs up appears with a barely-audible cheer. Users must tap an arrow beneath the face to move on to the next question. When a question is answered incorrectly, an emoticon appears, scratching its head. Users must then select a new answer until they choose the right one. After every five questions, the next of three levels is unlocked. A total score out of 15 is displayed after the three levels are completed.
  • While using the Play feature the user's score and a trophy are displayed after 10 questions are answered.
Pros

  • A variety of media that appeals to different learning styles
  • Links to pertinent educational videos
  • Easy to use
  • Sound presentation of information
  • Assessment quiz questions included
Cons

  • Photographs are not very big
  • No way of saving or sharing quiz scores
  • Limited in interactive tasks