Namoo is a fantastic new app from Crayon Kids designed to help student learn more about the inner workings of plants Like a book without pages, it builds its information around nine vibrant interactive models that highlight different part of a plant and its function from the roots to the flowers. The presentation is first rate blending tranquil music and wonderful animations with the actual scientific content. It’s a perfect example of how a well-developed app (this is clearly a labour of love) can elevate content and ensure that learning is deeper. Put it like this – I’m no science expert and there were concepts in here that I now understand better myself.
There are nine areas to explore that function like the chapters of this non-book. These cover the: roots, root tips, leaf anatomy, plant cells, photosynthesis, flowers and fruits, trunks, and stems. Each comes with clear explanations that are drip fed to the learner as they interact with the images via the touch screen. These interactions range from pollinating flowers to actually controlling the weather and watching the effects it has on leaves.
They can turn labels on to add more information to each model and if they wish/need to delve further there are accompanying information sections that elaborate and expand on the topic at hand.
Squarely aimed at Middle school ages kids, there is something that resonates about the way Namoo presents its content. The 3D models are eloquent in their simplicity and definitely child friendly –something that a comparable text book or even ibook may not be. These are pretty advanced concepts for a 10-year-old to take on board. Presenting them in such a whimsical, accessible manner is a real plus.
A beautiful app and an excellent addition to the middle school science teacher's arsenal. Polished, engaging and able to make some fairly complex topics more palatable for students. I look forwards to seeing what Crayon Box follow this up with. Highly recommended.