Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Pocket Zoo App

I am preparing for my literacy stations the week we get back (we have our break next week).  My students are addicted to live animal web cams.  I have created QR codes for the students to scan around the room and when they get a free moment they can scan the QR codes and see different live web cams.  I wanted to create a Research and Discovery station, where the students pick a webcam to view and make observations of the animal.  I found this fantastic app called Pocket Zoo that I am going to incorporate into the station.  The app contains the following features:

30+ Live Animal Cams! Yup, REAL Live video streaming from zoos all over the world 
200+ Amazing wildlife videos! Hours and hours of great video content to explore
50+ Original detailed animal illustrations and a virtual zoo in HD
Beautiful and interactive high definition animal photos
Hear load roars with real animal sounds 
Teacher-approved fun facts and animal details

There are so many great things you can do with this app!  I have created the following directions sheet and Observation sheet to accompany this station:

If you would like a copy of these sheets you can download them here and here.

Have you used this app in your classroom?  I would love to hear what you are doing with it!


  1. Love this idea! I've been wanting to do something similar to this using the Pete's Pond webcam. But I like this even better, because you are more likely to see animals on one of the webcams. Thanks for sharing your worksheet as well!

  2. Thanks Karen! I will post the Observation sheet so you can download it this weekend if you are interested.

  3. Pocket Penguins is a great app that allows students to watch all the different kinds of Penguins at the California Academy of Science. Students can see the penguins in and out of the water or catch a zoologist talking to the onlookers.

  4. Oh! Just found another app called Kids Zoo that is similar to Pocket Zoo. Love what you are doing in your class. I teach 1st Grade at Boyne City Elementary School in Michigan. We are in our 2nd year of 1:1 and I'm loving all the stuff I'm stealing from your site. :-) Check out our site

  5. I love this idea! How do you create QR codes?

  6. I love this app and this idea.I shared this app with a group of preschoolers.Since there was no wifi in my classroom, the could listened to the sounds of the animals. But they just loved the app, and they liked to mimic the sounds of different animals. It was a definitely a good experience for them to "visit" the pocket zoo.