Astroloquiz, by Together Learning Media, is a perfect match for today’s youth. It not only promotes language skills, it promotes social and ethical discussions that are needed by the older kids – tweens through teens. This age group has been left out of the loop when it comes to engaging, quality, educational apps that are fun. We will admit we were a bit skeptical about the astrology part. You know that old saying don’t judge a book by its cover? Well, we need to start saying don’t judge an app by its icon. On our first glimpse, TWA put this app to the side. Second time around, we opened Astroloquiz and were startled by how outstanding this app is. Best news is the kids agreed with us! They wanted to know where they could find more apps like this one. Why? Astroloquiz treats the audience with respect and maturity, a much sought after commodity within this age group.
Astroloquiz provides a fun learning experience based around the 12 signs of the zodiac. Over 90 definitions of personalities are presented in a way that young learners and old alike can easily understand the meaning of personality adjectives.
What makes Astroloquiz a standout for the classroom, campgrounds, or the neighborhood hangout is the careful consideration of all possible components. There is a captivating quiz, a complete 12 page star sign info section, and character trait definitions. The option for using the read-to-me feature is appropriate for young learners – this includes the passages, questions and the 90 definitions. With all different learning levels all in one room, this makes the app accessible to all of the kids, even the reluctant or struggling reader. The content is captivating. However, the star of the show, the astrology, is simply the medium used to create different scenarios to teach essential vocabulary and social consciousness in an interactive and collaborative way. Speaking of stars this app has many, the artwork done by André Jolicoeur, professional actors providing kid friendly voices, and the smooth navigation are all spectacular!
Students we worked with were placed with partners in what is called pair and share, or turn and talk, which gave multiple opportunities to discuss how we all react differently to every day situations. Comments made consisted of adjectives along the lines of “Amazing, Awesome, Cool, and Sweet,” with enthusiasm not usually demonstrated when asked to read. If you teach or are a parent, you need to experience for yourself the jubilant feelings that this incredible app initiates amongst the tween/teen crowd.
It is a great communicative learning tool, providing close to 100 different definitions of adjectives. With every single adjective being explained by a voice-over professional, this app will quickly allow children to learn new words, place them into context and understand what these words mean and how to use them themselves.