Earlier today, in my EDTECH597 – Week 7 entry, I indicated that I would post an entry with images in it to model for my Boise State students. While I try to include at least one thematic image in all of my entries (such as the Boise State University EdTech logo to the right), I wanted this entry to be a little more focused on the images that were used in it.
Note that the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) provided me with a promotional code to download this app for free in order to write this review.
It has taken some time to get around to writing this review, as I had promised to have it posted by the end of June. Florida Virtual School (FLVS) did provide me with a code to download this app for free I wanted to hold up my end of the bargain, so better late than never. The iPhone/iPad app in question is meStudying: AP English Language and Composition (which is one of four current FLVS apps [at least for Apple devices], and is one of three that was created by gWhiz).
When you click on the Start button from the main screen you are given a reading passage and presented with a multiple-choice question.
If you select the correct answer, it appears in green and you move are able to move on to the next passage, where you are given a new passage and another multiple-choice question.
Note that if you select an incorrect response, the app provides a brief explanation as to you why the item you selected was incorrect. Once you have completed the quiz, you are given your overall performance.
At the conclusion of your quiz, you have the opportunity to go back and review each of the questions. Note in the review screen that in addition to information about why the response you selected was incorrect, the app also provides the correct answer (something which didn’t appear when you were actually taking the quiz originally).
Unlike the other meStudying apps that FLVS and gWhiz have developed, there is no instructional aspects (such as a guide or audio lectures or anything) included in this app. Using the the Emantras taxonomy of mobile learning apps, this is a test preparation app.
Mobile learning 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.
Like the other meStudying apps, it does a very good job of providing students with the functionality of being able to access their responses (along with explanations of why the incorrect responses were wrong). It is easy to use and the questions are quite consistent with the expectations found on the AP English Language and Composition exam. For a student who was wishing to prepare for the AP English Language and Composition exam, I believe that regardless if they were an FLVS or not (and this also applies to students that have taken the course in a face-to-face format), meStudying: AP English Language and Composition is strong for exam preparation.
For my reviews of the other FLVS apps, see: