App Name: Dinosaur Zoo
Cost: 99 cents
What does it promise? Literally, a dinosaur zoo. This app provides fully animated dinosaurs along with scientific data on each one.
Does it deliver? Yes, in a big way. Respected sites like Gizmodo give it high marks, and our own analysis agrees.
Students can throw fish to swooping Pterodactyls, tease the Euoplocephalus, and inspect the Monolophosaurus – and if you roar, they roar back. The dinosaurs are so realistic that students might think they’ll smash the glass and get out.
Each dinosaur comes with information from the latest paleontology discoveries, plenty of fascinating facts, prehistoric maps of where they lived and where they died, and spinning 360-degree clay models overseen by the world’s leading paleontologists.
The app comes with a starter pack of six animals, but with new dino-packs being released regularly, users can collect and grow their own zoo of dinosaurs.
Can I use it in my classroom? This app is an excellent complement to any dinosaur lesson.
All apps can be found in the iPad apps store under education.