“Professor Garfield: Fact or Opinion” App Review (iPad, 2nd-4th Grade)

Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion is a great educational app that is part story, part game, and part online safety lesson. The purpose of the app is to instruct the student about the difference between facts and opinions. The app begins with a comic where Garfield’s friend Nermal receives an “F” on his report about goats for using opinions instead of facts. Professor Garfield steps in to explain the differences between a fact and an opinion. Garfield also explains how to read with a questioning mind, and how a fact can be verified.

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After the comic is finished, then the app asks several questions where the child has to identify if a sentence is a fact or opinion. Depending on how many questions the student answers correctly, Nermal will get a letter grade. There is also another game where you identify the differences between a fact and opinion. Afterward, the app shows another comic that incorporates facts and opinions in the dialogue between Garfield and her friends. This way the student is able to see first-hand the difference between facts and opinions in case they still have difficulty understanding the concept.

Some criticisms about this app is that there is only one comic and the game uses the same questions. Also, only one student can use the app at one time instead of the small group so they would have to take turns using the app. It would be great if there were more comics or more questions in the game. Then again, the app is free! At the very least, the app helped my 3rd grade student who was having trouble with facts and opinions understand the concept better.

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