What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Geo-Me! is an interactive geography app that helps kids learn about the world via adorable stories, songs, and eye-catching visual keys. Kids can listen to and watch the brief animated videos about cute kid characters in distinct cultures. Or, kids can tap little Geo-Me beings on the map who act as map keys by wearing coded items like special shoes and hats to signify characteristics of locations, such as climate, population, and elevation. For map details, adults either needs to read the information or explain the Geo-Me keys to kids. Still, there's lots here to learn through just the visuals.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- global awareness
- cultural understanding
Engagement, Approach, Support
Highly engaging geography and world cultures exploration on this interactive app. The Geo-Me characters add an element of whimsical fun, while the well-designed, distinct maps incorporate concrete learning.
Baked-in learning in the stories and interaction. There's a surprising amount of depth in both geography information and vocabulary. For map details, an adult either needs to read the information or explain the Geo-Me key to kids.
Needs more supports. A full beginner's tutorial, more explanations, and more character stories would be useful additions. All would offer kids more help in understanding the excellent information and interactive options.
What's it about?
Kids tap one of the glowing Geo-Mes on the world map to watch and listen to the animated song stories. Tap on a specific location on a continent to reveal an adorable Geo-Me key almost anywhere (tap Antarctica and a "No one lives here, silly!" message appears). Kids can also view world maps (elevation, anthrome, climate, and population), create a Geo-Me, view their own location's Geo-Me, collect a Geo-Me family, and mix a Geo-Me song.
Is it any good?
GEO-ME's musical, animated videos -- which are reminiscent of the old Schoolhouse Rock animations -- introduce kids to the different types of areas in the world by population, climate, elevation, and more. The minute-long stories are ideal for younger kids, while even older kids may enjoy learning about these unique places via the offbeat characters and original animations. There are some portions of this app that could be better explained (such as the whys behind creating Geo-Me families), and the song builder feature could use some additions. As a result, a full tutorial, more explanations, and more character stories could be useful additions. With more location character stories promised for the future, Geo-Me! can only get better, and it's already good.
The places highlighted here are not the typical locations presented in geography lessons for kids. At the time of this review, there are lots of little Geo-Mes with the geographic and demographic info, but only six Geo-Me animated character stories: Norman in California; Isabel in the Dominican Republic; Philippe & Simon in France; Wen-Long in Hong Kong; Yasemin in Turkey; and Eliza in Australia (the developer promises more in the future). Kids can also create their own Geo-Me that represents the same information about their home city as the other Geo-Mes in other areas of the map. Geo-Me! is an offbeat, creative way to help kids learn geography and feel like citizens of the world.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Watch the brief, one-minute videos with your kid and discuss anything that interests you or your kid about what you saw or heard in that country.
If your kid is a pre-reader or early reader, talk about what the map key means so they can explore the app on their own.