Britannica Kids: Ancient Egypt
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Britannica Kids: Ancient Egypt is an app that incorporates pictures, videos, games, and encyclopedic articles about the storied history of ancient Egypt. It could be considered a digital encyclopedia, but it is much more than that. The goal here is to teach young users that history can be fun and interesting.
What's it about?
Brittanica Kids: Ancient Egypt is a digital encyclopedia that encourages players to do more than just read a bunch of boring articles and historical information. It mixes learning with fun, by presenting them with a variety of mini-games as well as a series of quizzes that provide a sense of reward and satisfaction for reading the articles thoroughly and comprehensively. The reading level of this app is for children in late elementary school through middle school, although even adults would probably learn a thing or two they didn't know about ancient Egypt by playing through this app.
Is it any good?
BRITANNICA KIDS: ANCIENT EGYPT tries to make learning a fun experience with multimedia and interactive content spread out through the numerous tomes of encyclopedic entries, and although it definitely comes across as a rigid, textbook-style barrage of content at times, the visual presentation and well-crafted interface make it easy to navigate through the content. The subject material is very accessible and presented at a reading level for children in elementary and middle school. Many of the mini-games in and of themselves have little educational value, although there is a quiz mini-game that lets users see how much they have learned by exploring the videos and text articles. This app may not inspire users who have no interest in ancient Egypt, but for students who may have become interested in the subject after learning about it in school or on TV, this is a great way to extend that education.