Parents' Guide to

Field Trip

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Great tour guide shows and explains nearby must-sees.

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Field Trip is a must-have for road trips -- there's no need to make a U-turn to read that historical marker: it's right there on your phone. This is also a fun way to learn more about places you drive by every day. Settings can be customized so the app reads the card title, or the entire card, aloud (good for keeping your eyes on the road). Speaking also can be set through Bluetooth or disabled while you're driving. Also, for a family road trip, Field Trip is a great pass-back app for the whole family to enjoy, with the kids in charge of reading aloud about their discoveries.

The number of cards can be overwhelming, so you may want to spend some time deselecting sources you or your kids aren't interested in; everything is selected by default, but customizing takes only a few minutes. Keep a charger handy if you're running Field Trip in the background (which makes the cards pop up automatically) because it's a battery hog.

Though you can explore other areas by scrolling around the map, there's no way to search locations by ZIP code, city, or address -- and that would make Field Trip truly amazing.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Subjects: Social Studies : cultural understanding, events, exploration, geography, history
  • Skills: Tech Skills : using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 10, 2013
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Publisher: Google
  • Version: 1.12.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 2.3 and up; iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: December 9, 2020

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