50 States

Common Sense Media says

Handy but dull pocket reference guide to U.S. states.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is straightforward to navigate. Kids use their fingers to tap and swipe, as well as the device's keypad to type queries into a search box.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

From the main menu, kids can link to other apps for sale by the publisher.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 50 States is an educational app that teaches kids about the states that make up the United States of America. In addition to name and geographic location, the app also provides info on each state's capital and largest city, population, flag, motto, and state flower and bird. Kids can test their knowledge by taking multiple-choice quizzes.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • geography
  • history
  • timelines

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

50 States doesn't score many points for presentation, but the quizzes add some fun and interactivity to this no-nonsense educational app.

Learning Approach

Kids test their knowledge through quizzes, but this could have been better developed to offer feedback such as high scores to let kids measure their progress or compete with friends.

Support

Quizzes are presented as a never-ending list of randomly generated questions, so it's difficult for kids to gauge aptitude or measure improvement.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • geography
  • history
  • timelines

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Kids can learn about U.S. history and geography by browsing information about each state, such as its physical location; highest point of elevation; state motto, bird, and flower; and state flag. With 50 States, kids can also get a sense of timeline since the app tells the order in which each state joined the union. Kids can practice memorization by learning facts and then testing how much they were able to recall by taking quizzes. However, the quizzes are a missed opportunity to add additional fun and interactivity to the app. 50 States is a handy pocket reference guide with a limited capacity to let kids practice what they've learned.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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What's it about?

In 50 States, kids use their fingers to scroll through statistics for each state, or they can select individual states geographically by tapping on a map of the U.S. Kids can also search for specific information by typing a query into a search box, which brings up the relevant state.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

50 States doesn't score many points for presentation, but the straightforward app does exactly what it sets out to do by providing a learning tool and handy pocket reference guide for anyone wanting to look up information on specific states. The quizzes add some fun and interactivity to the app, but they're presented as a never-ending list of randomly-generated questions, so it's more difficult for kids to gauge their overall aptitude or use their results to measure improvement.

Families can talk about...

  • Help your kid design a personal flag using symbols that have meaning to him or her. The state flags can serve as inspiration!

  • Explore the history of your own state in more detail. What was it like to live there 100 years ago? 200 years ago? Have kids predict what it will be like to live there in the future.

App details

Devices:Android, Kindle Fire
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 26, 2011
Category:Education
Topics:History
Size:2.60 MB
Publisher:Socratica, LLC
Version:2.0.2
Minimum software requirements:Android 2.1 and up.

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