Pogg [rating: 4/5]
As a teacher I am always looking for the latest technology to integrate into my classroom. I took a risk this year and decided to fill an iPhone/iPod touch with educational games for the students to use independently while practicing important skills and strategies. Thus far it has been a complete success. So successful that I plan on adding more devices to the classroom full of the most engaging and thought provoking apps available. While in the process I thought it would be helpful to other educators and parents to read reviews of educational apps.
The first educational app on my list to review is Pogg. Pogg, a cute green alien is the star of the show. He hops, reads, draws, hides, claps, eats and anything else you tell him to do. There are two modes in this game, Spelling and Picture Mode.
Spelling mode starts by asking “What should Pogg do now?”. Using the virtual keypad, the player types in a basic word and watches Pogg complete the task. For example, if I type “jump”, a short movie clip would display Pogg jump. Kids can experiment and practice spelling all sorts of words while watching their new green friend show off his talent by demonstrating the action or flaunting the item. This is an exciting way for kids (2-8) to work on their phonemic awareness independently while having fun.
Picture Mode displays all of the Pogg animations available on icons. The player touches an icon and watches while Pogg demonstrates. For example, if the icon says “bell” a clip of Pogg ringing a bell will appear. This mode is perfect for those emerging spellers or young kids to little to spell. Currently there are 30 different clips of Pogg with a spelling dictionary of approximately 300 word/phrase combinations. The developer plans to release many more as free upgrades.
This game has inconceivable graphics that appeal to kids of all ages. This is a wonderful addition to the currently available educational apps. In the future it would be nice if different sections were added. For example, word families, basic sight words, Dolce word list according to age, more advanced words etc. Pogg is sure to amuse while educate the young ones for hours at a time. Two thumbs up for this champion.
- Incredible graphics
- Appeals to ages 1-8
- User friendly
The Not So Good
- Would love to see more words
- Lacks word families and a list of sight words
Reviewed By: Dana Sperling
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