My Bird World, by 5 Ravens, was developed in conjunction with the esteemed Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Could this app give Angry Birds a run for its money? It was a unanimous vote of “awesomeness” by the group of students giving this app a test run. They all agreed this app was the best they’d played, ever! It’s always with a slight bit of trepidation that you hand over the iPad to kids when introducing a new app. Children can be brutally honest and many have no fears of telling you exactly what they don’t like. More often than not, they quickly exit out of the app, they’ve been asked to try out and provide feedback, to find something else to play.
This was one app that we really wanted the kids to like since we were so smitten with it ourselves. Students repeatedly “shushed” us, when asked questions as they were so engaged in play. With no guidance, the kids easily maneuvered their way through and around the game, winning birds and earning food. What we found most intriguing was how cooperatively these students worked in groups, assisting one another to move ahead and learn the ropes to master the game. With these intriguing and fun challenges, players learn about North American birds, including their songs, food choices, and habitats. The games are filled with fascinating facts, sensational real bird calls, and great photos,” says Nancy Trautmann, director of education at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
This app is actually a collection of four interactive games. Play Match Facts and Infestation Predation to win birds and place them in their habitats. Play Flight Patterns and Memory to earn food to keep the birds fed. My Bird World is a collection of delightful, educational games to teach you about 24 different North American birds. The goal is to fill your world with birds. Once you’ve earned a bird and placed them in a habitat, you can feed your bird and hear it sing. To win more food, play one of the nine levels of Memory or one of the three levels of Flight Patterns.
Another surprising observation, the students did not perseverate on Infestation Predation as we had expected, as there is a gaming quality to this particular segment. The students spent equal time on the more difficult Match Fact which involves reading and concentration. “We developed these games to make learning painless and fun,” says Five Ravens co-founder Wenda O’Reilly. “The more interested and engaged the player, the better they retain the information. It’s great for children, but plenty 0f adults are getting hooked too!” So TRUE! The games test memory, reading, sound and visual pattern recognition, and bird identification.
There have been bird-watchers around from day one and this app attests to the longevity of this pastime. Birds are and always will be a fascinating topic.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the leading birding research facility in the United States, so you know the content is spot-on. Did you know that bird-watching is the #1 pastime in America? It’s bigger than baseball, football or any other recreational activity. Neither did we, but with the way the students are taking to this app, we are sure that this “sport” will continue to dominate and grow. Lucky for all of us, Birdcage Press has expanded into the digital world (5 Ravens is the digital division of Birdcage Press). It’s renowned for its museum-quality collection of award-winning educational games on art, history, wildlife, and aviation.
Visit them here: www.birdcagepress.com