Managing Type 1 Diabetes 3/7/13

 

<p><img alt="" src="/sites/tccsa.net/files/images/ProfessionalDevelopment/App%20Archive/2013/diabetes_icon.JPG" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 100px; height: 101px; float: left;" /><img alt="" src="/sites/tccsa.net/files/images/ProfessionalDevelopment/App%20Archive/2013/diabetes_intro.JPG" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 226px; height: 338px; float: right;" />This week I&rsquo;ve chosen an app that ranks high in ratings, and fits a niche for a very specific topic. I&rsquo;ve come across a few bugs, but still found it a worthy app for the specialized content.</p>
<p>There are three characters who you are introduced to at the beginning of the app: Dr. Phil Good, Parrot and Max. Max is an eight year old boy who has type 1 Diabetes. You learn about diabetes through Max&rsquo;s scenario beginning with symptoms, then facts and myths. Dr. Phil Good takes you through the &ldquo;Food Trip&rdquo; where you learn how the body works. A close look at the pancreas introduces the beta cells and glucose. After a quick review from Max, the app explores how one can manage Type 1 Diabetes through exercise, food and insulin. Notes from Max are listed and Dr. Phil Good has one last review before students can test their knowledge with seven question flashcards at the end of the lesson. There are also two interactive earlier in the lesson which breaks up the content so students don&rsquo;t get information overload.</p>
<p><img alt="" src="/sites/tccsa.net/files/images/ProfessionalDevelopment/App%20Archive/2013/diabetes_food.JPG" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 200px; height: 297px; float: left;" />This app would be ideal for the single iPad classroom, where the teacher leads the lesson, or set up as a learning station. It is geared toward children ages 6-13.</p>
<p>Bug Report:</p>
<p>If you leave the app it reopens at the beginning, it&rsquo;s a rather long lesson but very easy to advance to where you left off. The hard part is remembering where you left off. Sometimes you don&rsquo;t know where to click to start, or what to click on next, but the pages are simple and children are more &lsquo;touch happy&rsquo; and will likely have no problem. The glossary is missing the words.</p>
<p>This free app created by Panarea, which also creates Nearpod. <a href="http://www.nearpod.com/">http://www.nearpod.com/</a> You&rsquo;ll be hearing more about nearpod in next week&rsquo;s review.</p>
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