Geo-Me!

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Places come to life on this one-of-a-kind geography app.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn geography, demography, and map skills on Geo-Me!, while learning about specific countries and cultures. Words like "anthrome," "climate," and "elevation" help kids develop their geography vocabulary. As kids watch the animated movies about kids who live in different places, they can grow in cultural understanding. As they tap on individual Geo-Mes, they can read specific geography and demographic statistics about each country. Viewing the unique maps helps kids gain global awareness about regional climates, population centers, and more. Geo-Me! presents kids with a different way to explore the world.

Ease of Play

It's easy to access stories and geographic information via the Geo-Mes. However, there are some portions of the app that could be better explained (such as the whys behind creating Geo-Me families), and some of the Geo-Me keys may not make sense to kids (for example, flip-flops in a freezing cold coastal area, because it corresponds to the elevation).

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What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byMandeeStephens August 6, 2013

High Educational Value

I want to be sure that the apps my kids use are secure. I read about this on vpnexpress.net. Kids can use this app unsupervised. It has high educational value.

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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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, geography, global awareness
    Language & Reading: vocabulary
  • Price: $.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: June 7, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 239.00 MB
  • Publisher: Crackerbox
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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