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School A-Z - NSW Department of Education

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App by the Department of Education in NSW designed to give Australian children and their parents homework assistance.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of School A-Z was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 1 June 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: School A-Z
Developed by: NSW Department of Education
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+, Google Play: Low Maturity
ACCM suggested age: 4+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of School A-Z contains the following information:

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App description

School A to Z was an initiative by the Department of Education in NSW and is designed to give Australian children and their parents homework assistance.  The App acts as a dictionary for technology, maths and English and gives access to pre-approved content for assistance with assignments. The App also contains mini-games for tables and spelling.

Reviewers comments

This free App is an impressive resource for parents of children in primary schools. The dictionaries (provided for technology, maths and English) and accompanying fact sheets, are helpful in assisting children with homework. it is also useful for clarifying curriculum jargon.

The assignment help section provides an overview of key assignment tasks with links to approved websites giving additional information. While the App does have a disclaimer that the sites are external and so they are not responsible for content this reviewer was impressed with the sites chosen. The external links may concern some parents – but it should be noted that the links open within the Schools A-Z app and do not act as a portal to the internet (other than the pre-selected site).

Two sets of mini games are also available – times-tables and spelling. Spelling is particularly useful with the option for parents and teachers to create spelling lists unique to the child, recording the word and its context in a sentence.

In App purchasing

None

Gambling

No gambling content found during the review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour that may be of concern to parents was found during the review.

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