Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book

Common Sense Media says

Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Data points are located on a spinning globe, which is very intuitive. Or, should users prefer, they can view them in a series of flipping cards. Controls at the bottom let users navigate to quizzes or exclude categories they're not interested in exploring.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Users can log in to Facebook or Twitter to pass along information they've found interesting.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book is an educational app loaded with useful information about 500 people, places, plants, and animals. The information is presented in two stylish interfaces in easily digestible but fact-loaded bites. (No description is more than a paragraph long, so kids will be less likely to find it too daunting and skip past it.) Every data point has a vivid picture to help bring it to life. A separate but identical version of the app called Geo Walk - 3D World Fact Book is also available for the iPhone and iPod touch.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • reading
  • reading comprehension

Science

  • animals
  • ecosystems
  • geology

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • geography
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • asking questions

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Stunning graphics and bite-sized facts hold kids' interest. Self-directed exploration lets kids choose what interests them.

Learning Approach

Offering a rich sampling of information, the app lets kids approach the content in two unique ways. Quizzes offer a fun way to test retention. But the People section is lacking diversity.

Support

Internet links lead kids to even more information. Certain categories can be deselected to target certain subject areas.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • reading
  • reading comprehension

Science

  • animals
  • ecosystems
  • geology

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • geography
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • asking questions

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Kids can learn about a wide variety of subjects, including animals, plants, people, and places with Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book. The app presents information in easy-to-understand nuggets accompanied by photographs that help bring life to the facts -- which are updated regularly. Kids get a dazzling look at the world through short but rich text bites and stunning visuals. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Players spin an interactive globe that's covered with small thumbnail pictures (which turn out to be flash cards). When they tap one, they'll see an image indicating of one of the game's four categories -- animals and plants, history, people, and inventions. Tap the picture and a short information paragraph gives details in digestible form. Players can turn off categories and take a quiz to see how much of the information they're retaining.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In an era where expertly researched encyclopedias are nearly extinct and crowd-sourced ones often contain faulty data, Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book is a breath of fresh air. Loaded with information in easily digestible nuggets, the app makes learning truly fun. And a quiz mode helps owners review what they've learned (or test their existing knowledge) in an entertaining fashion. Rather than focusing on space or theoretical concepts, the app sticks to the real world but finds plenty of unheard-of creatures that might as well be aliens -- like the Blobfish or Fishing Cat. This is, hands down, one of the best educational apps in the App Store.

Families can talk about...

  • Explore the app with kids to learn about fields you're both interested in.

  • Use the small information summaries as launching pads to learn more about the topics. This can be everything from the effects of a person's influence in the world to a broader Internet search on a topic you're both unfamiliar with but find intriguing.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 30, 2011
Category:Education
Publisher:Vito Technology
Version:2.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Parent of a 6 year old Written byBubbleyumgirl June 11, 2012
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Not perfect, but a wealth of information at your fingertips

I chose 8 or up for this if kids will be reading this on their own. If parents will be reading to their kids, this would be great for younger kids too. One reason why I say this is because the grammar used is not always the best, and can even be confusing at times. An older child will probably understand the message despite the grammatical errors, and a parent will be able to relay the message to a younger child while reading out loud.
We have an iPad and the graphics haven't caught up with the latest graphic capabilities of the iPad, although they probably look very good on the iPhone. The "3D" isn't really impressive, and shouldn't really be touted as anything extra. But the pictures are clear and accurate, and your children will get a good idea of the appearance of whatever subject is being discussed.
We haven't downloaded any of the extra packets yet. I read a review about a man who paid for the extra packets and couldn't get them to download, but I hope that his experience is an isolated one.
Considering that 30 years ago we used to pay $300 for a set of encyclopedias that contained a set of static information with pictures of lower quality and a more difficult interface, I feel that a $2.99 price is a steal for this app.

Parent of a 5 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 April 6, 2012
AGE
5
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geo walk

my son would really love this

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