The Istation iOS or Android app gives learners, and teachers access to a wide range of instructional and educational resources. Students can complete research-based activities and interactive lessons easily on their iPads and Google Android tablets greater than 8 inches.
Istation aims to give students access to educational resources when they need it. The app is meant to adapt to the abilities of different students and their learning speeds, and also keep track of their progress. Resources include Istation Math, Istation Reading, Istation Espanol, Writing Rules and Teacher Station.
As students use the app, their activity will be monitored and recorded in the Istation Report and Management Website and educators can access and analyze those results across different platforms. Istation is great because it makes sure students have fully understood concepts before they can progress. It also makes use of funky digital animation which should keep students engaged.
Istation also provides both on-demand assessment and automatic screening and progress monitoring and creates learning paths for students based on their abilities. With classroom and executive summary reports, educators can check on the overall performance of their learners and adjust their techniques and intervention methods appropriately. Moreover, Istation grants access to a wide variety of teacher resources such as Lexile which allows teachers to find and assign supplemental reading material based on students’ abilities. Teachers can directly give assignments and handouts for both classroom and independent work.
The Istation app is only compatible with tablets 8 inches or wider. This means you won’t be able to use it on your iPhone but only on your iPad 2 (or later), with iOS 6.0 or higher compatibility.
In addition to the app only being compatible with tablets, your device will require Android 4.4 or higher to operate.
Ease of Use
While the resources provided by the app are top-notch and really helpful, the app is quite glitchy. Users have also complained that the app won’t install on the Samsung Galaxy Tabs. Most users have complained about problems with login even with a valid user-ID and password.
The latest version offers new content and bug fixes. Unfortunately, it does not make the situation significantly better in terms of performance.
The dynamic animated content is quite convenient for teaching kids especially those in lower grades. This coupled with large, colorful text prompts and the fact that the app provides both interactive visual and sound effects means students will be thoroughly engaged during the entire lesson.
Both the Istation Google Play and App Store versions are free to install, and there are no in-app purchases.
- Comprehensive resources similar to the web version;
- Needs little memory to install.
- Works only on tablet devices 8 inches or wider;
- Quite glitchy;
- Some customers have complained that they can’t get past the login screen;
- Even on larger devices, you will have problems installing this app.
Istation is definitely one of the leading educational apps, providing comprehensive learning tools. With freshly updated content, this is a must-have for your kids. However, the app suffers too many glitches which the developers should fix fast. I still recommend the app.