Classify It! FAQ

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  • Where can I download the Classify It! app?
    • The Android version is available through the Google Play Store. The iOS version (for iOS 10.3.3 or earlier) is available from the App Store.

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  • What devices will run this app?
    • Classify It! will play on phones and tablets running Android OS Version 2.2, 2.3, and 4.x or iOS 6 and iOS 7.
  • Do I need to be online to use the app?
    • No. Once the app has been downloaded it will be fully functional, even when the device is not connected to the Internet.
  • How much does the app cost to download? Are there in-game costs?
    • Classify It! costs nothing to download, and there are no in-game costs. Science NetLinks and AAAS are offering this app for free as a service to the community.
  • Is your app enabled for VPP Device assignment?
    • Yes, as of early 2016.
  • How do I play?
    • First, pick your avatar. Then, choose Easy, Intermediate, or Advanced mode. Tap all the organisms that fit the category. Tap Classify! to see how you did. Level 1 has one round. All other levels have 3 rounds. Earn 80% to pass a level, 100% in the whole level to win a Creature Card!
  • How are the bonus rounds different from the regular rounds?
    • Bonus rounds unlock once you pass all 10 levels in a mode. First, you'll see there is no classify button. Just tap the organisms that fit the category to register them as answers, but be careful! If you tap an incorrect organism, you'll have to start over. See how many boards you can clear before you get a wrong answer—and the round ends. You can earn Creature Cards at the end of rounds 3, 6, and 9. After that, keep going to boost your score!
  • What are Creature Cards?
    • Creature Cards share interesting facts about some of the organisms used in the Classify It! app. The front of each card contains a photo and a piece of trivia, and the back offers more insight into the organism's size, habitat, diet, and predators.
  • Where did you get the photos included on the Creature Cards?
    • We used photos that had Creative Commons licenses or that were included in the public domain. You can find the photo attributions on the credits screen of the app (accessible from its settings button) or on this page.
  • Does the app have any other special features?
    • Yes, you can set up multiple accounts by tapping on Change Player from the main screen in order to allow various people to solve the games independently while sharing the same tablet.
  • My points don't all seem to be there or don't tally properly.
    • In order for your points to be properly credited to your total, you need to let them all accumulate before you move on to the next round.
  • Why doesn't the game have any sound?
    • It does. Make sure the hardware mute toggle switch on your device is not set to mute and that the volume is turned up. Also, make sure you haven't accidentally turned sounds off in the app's settings on the main screen.
  • Some organisms were in categories where I didn’t expect to see them. Why is that?
    • Here are some of the organisms we were surprised to learn about, too:




      Organisms That Have Poison


      The male platypus has two spurs on each of its rear legs that contain venom during mating season. The venom paralyzes and can kill small animals, but is merely extremely painful and long-lasting to humans.

      Organisms That Have Poison


      When attacked, some fireflies shed drops of blood, which contain a bad-tasting chemical that can be poisonous, and even lethal, to animals. This offers them protection from predators that easily would be able to follow their nighttime blinking.

      Organisms That Lay Hard-Shelled Eggs


      Butterfly eggs are soft on the inside, but on the outside are covered in a hard, ridged shell called chorion.

      Organisms That Are Protists


      Protists are a very large, diverse group of organisms, including the plant-like protists, fungus-like protists, and the animal-like protists. Kelp and seaweed fit into the plant-like protists.

      Organisms That Build Nests

      Hawksbill Sea Turtle

      Even though you might think that the Hawksbill Sea Turtle should be a correct answer for this category, it doesn’t really build a nest. Instead, it digs a hole and lays its eggs in there.

      Organisms That Are Endangered


      While there has been growing awareness of the threats to honeybees due to Colony Collapse Disorder, scientists are developing strategies to prevent honeybees from becoming endangered.

  • Do you have resources for using this app in my classroom?
    • Yes. We have a Classify It! App Tool that provides a description and ideas for using the app in the classroom. We also have a Classify It! Lesson for grades 6-8 that uses the app to help students understand classification.
  • Do you have any other apps I can play?
    • Yes! We have an app called Gravity Launch in which you can pilot a spaceship. You also can download Active Explorer, which lets you use your mobile device to collect materials and later create cool things with them. In addition, you could play some more of our games on a computer that allows Flash. Check out our collection of Science NetLinks interactives.
  • What is your privacy policy?
  • Is your app compliant with FERPA and COPPA?
    • Yes. The Classify It! app does not collect any information from users after the app is downloaded, making it compliant with both FERPA and COPPA.
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