Awesome Eats

 

Age Scale: 4 and up

Device: iPod, iPad, and iPhone

Quick Line:  Just for Fun

What Educators Need to Know:

While perusing the iTunes Education Department once again, I stumbled upon Awesome Eats by the Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by Whole Foods grocery chain.  Take note:  the app itself is not very educational.  Users swipe fruits and vegetables into correct crates while they travel along conveyor belts.  The “education” comes between levels in the form of one-line facts about food nutrition.  HOWEVER, it is highly addictive.  The levels become increasingly more challenging.  More belts are added; the food moves at a faster pace; obstacles must be avoided.  It is simple fun that could be used as an incentive.  In addition, it is well-designed game created by a foundation that provides millions of dollars in grant money to bring gardens and salad bars to schools.  I, for one, would rather support a game that at least attempts to educate children, rather than one of the thousands that does not.  Happy swiping!

Price: Free

 

Awesome Eats™ - Whole Kids Foundation

Fooducate

Age Scale: 9-18

Device:  iPod or iPhone

Bottom Line:  Biting into this app will lead you to further educational buffets

What Educators Need to Know:

I love Fooducate.  After I got over scanning everything in my pantry, I started to think of how this amazing app could be used at school.  Reading food labels can be confusing.  Fooducate does the work for us by giving foods a grade.  Now, just in case you don’t trust their evaluations, they give a bulleted list behind their ratings, and it is based on fat content, the amount of processing the food has undergone, additives, etc.  It also provides better alternatives and the opportunity to compare food products.  How to use it?  Without explaining the purpose of the assignment, I had students write down five of their favorite snacks.  They plugged them into the app, and wrote down their grades.  They were learning how to find the mean of numbers, so the students found their Snack GPA.  This was a simple way to combine Health and Math!  Students could do this for a whole day.  Or they could take a Healthy Day challenge pledging to eat only foods that earn A’s or B’s.  There are many, many possibilities!

Price:  FREE

Fooducate - Fooducate, Ltd.