Note that I was able to download the paid version of this app when K12 Inc. provided it to the general public for free for a limited time.
This is a review of the iTunes app K12 Algebra I Study & Review which was created by K12 Inc.. The app is available for the iPhone and iPad in the iTunes store and it cost $2.99 to purchase (note that there is a lite version that is available for free).
Using the Emantras taxonomy of different types of mobile learning programs (see 7 Learning Models for Mobile Learning), this app is a test prep (i.e., “Mobile learning that can be easily adapted to design multiple choice tests and fill-in-the-blank answers. By constant review of test prep material, students can ensure better preparation for exams.”).
When you enter the app, you are asked to register so the system can track your progress and results.
The first time you start the app, you get the option to receive instructions or continue on, if you click the INSTRUCTIONS option, you get access to the following information.
Once you have gone through these initial instructions (all of which you can continue to access by touching the HELP option in the bottom right corner).
If you touch the REVIEW option, you are given six groups and each group has a number of categories, with each category having a series of potential topics.
The review itself is basically a text and image based, textbook-like material that also allowed students to write text-based notes.
If you touch the REFERENCE option, you get a similar series of groups, categories, and topics.
The actual content was mainly formulas.
There are five main TESTS, all of which are standardized in nature.
Students have the ability work things out, using the NOTES option (text-based, typing like the earlier image) or a simply scratch pad (which you can use your finger or a pen).
The test records how you did and allows you to review the questions after the fact, providing you with your answer and the correct response.
The PRACTICE is set up in roughly the same way as the TESTS, although you can select based on topics and then select the number of questions that you complete.
The PERFORMANCE and the ALG-O-METER options both provide you with an overview of how you are doing using different a variety of metrics.
The other options provide a variety of information about the app and K12, Inc.
Overall, this app did exactly what it was designed – and marketed – to do. Note that while I, and anyone else who saw their tweet or blog entry, could have downloaded this app for free, it does normally cost $2.99.
As a side note, I’d be willing to review more of K12, Inc.‘s paid apps if they were willing to provide review copies.