CONCEPT: An innovative and interactive look at how our nervous system responds to external stimuli through our five senses.
DELIVERY: Often times when trying to flip the classroom, many teachers struggle to find appropriate content that is ready to go and can be posted. Creating your own videos can often times be a daunting task. In education we often hear the phrase, “Don’t reinvent the wheel,” and when it comes to implementing the flipped classroom model the phrase definitely applies! I love apps like Experience Life, brought to us by Imaxina, because they allow the teacher to not have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to flipping their classroom.
Experience Life focuses on the five different senses, the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. Through the nervous system’s response to external stimuli, we relate to other living beings and to our surroundings. Our senses receive stimuli; the nervous system processes the information and responds in the most appropriate manner; then, the musculoskeletal system implements the action.This is a great app for all age levels that can be broken down into segments as you move through the ideas. The app has no shortage of content and can be used with students as young as those in the elementary levels to those at the high school level. The app can be accessed in English or Spanish.
The interactive illustrations are really the highlight of this app and what will make it worth the money. Often times when creating videos or content for students to view at home, creating 3D visually stunning graphics is a skill many of us wish we had but don’t. The interactive illustrations within the app, especially the diagrams of the different body parts really bring the concept to life. The games and animations allow the user to be fully engaged in the learning process.
Every detail has been very well thought out in this app. Based off of the famous Fruit Ninja game, when you begin there are five phases based off of the five senses. To become a true “sense ninja” you must master the five different senses creatively represented by the speed of a tiger, the hearing of a leopard, a serpent’s sense of touch, a dragon’s sense of smell, and a crane’s sense of taste.. Can’t help but love that they included a pink pitaya in their fruit selection that gets you an extra 10 points!
LIMITATIONS: Be ready to “tap to explore.” While it does become obvious pretty quickly, an arrow guiding you to swipe to the next page would be helpful for younger users. When viewing the interactive images definitely tap around because everything pretty much moves even though it doesn’t say it does. The music can become slightly distracting if you are trying to focus on the material. However the music during the game is fantastic.
CONCLUSION: Despite the minor limitations, apps like this are fantastic for the flipped class and really allow a teacher to spend more time developing student-centered classrooms, allowing students to learn by engaging in project based activities. 5/5
Learning about the five senses
Learning about the role of the nervous and musculoskeletal system
Great to use as a flipped class too
lLearning about sensation and perception in psychology