Sometimes, it’s easier for teachers to look for apps that are designated as educational. However, I think it’s great for teachers to think outside the box for their students. This week, I came across an app called Fooducate. While this app is not a designated “educational” app, but I can see how it very much can be used as one.
Fooducate is a free app that can be used on either an iPhone or an Android smart phone. In a nutshell, users will use their smart phones to scan the labels of food items. Fooducate will provide a grade based on the nutritional value using a plus/minus grading scale. It will provide some alternatives if there are any healthier options.
Obviously, this app could be used in a nutrition class or assignment. Students can go with their parents or the next shopping trip or even scan items within their own pantry. Assignments can range from explaining why Fooducate gave that product the grade to finding healthier alternatives to their favorite snacks.
I thought it would be nice to reinforce the idea of using non-educational materials for education. While this was a very simple example, that’s all it really takes to get the mind thinking. Though this app was designed to help people choose healthier options at home, it can be an instructional tool in the classroom. That’s exactly why sites such as Facebook and Pinterest are being used in the classroom. It’s the “thinking outside the box” mentality that is engaging these students today.
Facebook being used in the classroom
Using Pinterest in the classroom