Geo Touch: Learn Geography

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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OK map drills drive memorization but not depth.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn more about states, countries, capitals, flags, landmarks, and more.

Ease of Play

Tutorial and intuitive controls. 

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Consumerism

In-app purchases to unlock additional maps without parental consent. Playable "ad" for publisher's other app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Geo Touch: Learn Geography is a drill app that helps kids memorize geographical information. The free version includes six maps/learning activities. An additional map is unlocked if kids watch an ad for the publisher's other app. The rest of the maps (14) are available for purchase. There's no parental permission beyond the device controls for purchasing, and there's an interactive/playable ad for the publisher's other app on screen with the maps. There are on-screen and pop-up ads throughout the experience. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

GEO TOUCH: LEARN GEOGRAPHY is a way for kids to quiz themselves on a number of different map-related topics, including US states and capitals, countries by continent, flags, and state nicknames and landmarks. There are 21 maps to work through, and each one follows the same formula. Kids are given a few state/country outlines with either the name, capital, flag, or landmark attached. Kids drag the outline onto the correct position on the map. There's a learning round, where the correct location is highlighted, and a quiz round where kids no longer have the outline and highlighting to guide them. If they get them all right, they move on to the next group. If kids have a wrong answer, the app settings allow for them to either have no penalty, a small penalty (a few items are removed from the map) or a more severe penalty (they have to start from scratch). As kids progress, the quiz round gets longer and longer as it includes all of the items they have already learned. 

Is it any good?

If drilling on facts until your kids memorizes them works for them, this is one way to get that done, but this app doesn't offer much more. Geo Touch: Learn Geography does a solid job of drilling kids on geography facts. It builds up their knowledge slowly and the repetition ensures kids are absorbing the info over time. This repetition in the way the information is presented, however, starts to feel tedious after the first few rounds, and kids would be more likely to keep playing if there was some diversity in the activities. Geo Touch: Learn Geography uses a computerized voice for audio cues, and that also may be off-putting for kids who are used to more polished apps and games. This does what it sets out to do, but just not in a way that is particularly fun or engaging.  Luckily, there are several maps available for free, so parents can try it out and see how kids respond.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about geography. What parts of the world have you visited? Have you been to other states? Countries? Where are places that you'd like to visit? Why?

  • Families can talk about learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why or why not? What can you learn?

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For kids who love geography and social studies

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