The Kids A-Z iOS and Android app makes learning fun and interactive by providing digital teaching resources in an integrated environment that enables collaboration among learners, parents, and instructors.
The app lets students access over 400 reading resources in the K-6 Common Core curriculum, and also provides a hub for teachers to manage all their class learning resources across a single platform. Teachers can create class rosters and from here assign books and reading lists. In the Star Zone, students can access tasks set by their teachers and start building their robots based on their progress. Moreover, they can use the Book Room to check on the resources availed to them.
Teachers are given a possibility to level books and set them up as assignments. Kids can listen to or read stories and then take quizzes. Once all three are completed, green checks are assigned. The questions are an interactive and multiple choice, making it easier for kids to answer and learn. If a student successfully finishes all the books and quizzes on a certain level, they can progress to the next level with a whole new variety of reading resources. Successfully completing tasks earns points.
In the Star Zone, kids can use previously gained points to access the Robot Builder and the Raz Rocket and build them.
Other useful features provided include annotation, the teacher dashboard for assigning resources, scoring and automatic reporting.
Your phone will need at least Android 4.2 or iOS 8.0 to run this app. The IPA is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Ease Of Use
There are no complaints at all from me on the performance of this app other than the occasional freeze of the device. The latest version lets kids view their progress in the new ‘Stats’ area, and also offers updates for bug fixes. Teachers can also use their camera to upload new profile pictures directly.
All the resources are well-placed which makes the use of the app really pleasant.
The UI is filled with colorful animation, text prompts and customizable cartoon characters which keep everything lively and entertaining. For teachers, the dashboards are neatly arranged with the various options that can be accessed such as reports and the assignment dashboard. For kids, all resources are accessible through the Planet menus which provide Reading Assignments and the Book Room.
The app is free to install for both iOS and Android mobile, and there are no in-app purchases.
- Reward points encourage students to complete all learning tasks so as to earn points to build their rockets;
- Kids can access e-learning resources directly on their devices;
- Encourages collaboration between parents, teachers, and students;
- Great UI.
- Limited reading list;
- Doesn’t provide guide resources for teachers;
- Login occasionally fails especially on Android devices.
The Kids A-Z App Store and Google Play app is definitely a leading educational app in terms of innovation. Though it offers limited resources, I’d recommend it for parents with kids between K2-K4 which have the best reading lists in the app.