Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book is an educational app loaded with useful information about 500 people, places, plants, and animals. The information is presented in two stylish interfaces in easily digestible but fact-loaded bites. (No description is more than a paragraph long, so kids will be less likely to find it too daunting and skip past it.) Every data point has a vivid picture to help bring it to life. A separate but identical version of the app called Geo Walk - 3D World Fact Book is also available for the iPhone and iPod touch.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- cultural understanding
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- asking questions
- conveying messages effectively
Engagement, Approach, Support
Stunning graphics and bite-sized facts hold kids' interest. Self-directed exploration lets kids choose what interests them.
Offering a rich sampling of information, the app lets kids approach the content in two unique ways. Quizzes offer a fun way to test retention. But the People section is lacking diversity.
Internet links lead kids to even more information. Certain categories can be deselected to target certain subject areas.
What's it about?
Players spin an interactive globe that's covered with small thumbnail pictures (which turn out to be flash cards). When they tap one, they'll see an image indicating of one of the game's four categories -- animals and plants, history, people, and inventions. Tap the picture and a short information paragraph gives details in digestible form. Players can turn off categories and take a quiz to see how much of the information they're retaining.
Is it any good?
In an era where expertly researched encyclopedias are nearly extinct and crowd-sourced ones often contain faulty data, Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book is a breath of fresh air. Loaded with information in easily digestible nuggets, the app makes learning truly fun. And a quiz mode helps owners review what they've learned (or test their existing knowledge) in an entertaining fashion. Rather than focusing on space or theoretical concepts, the app sticks to the real world but finds plenty of unheard-of creatures that might as well be aliens -- like the Blobfish or Fishing Cat. This is, hands down, one of the best educational apps in the App Store.
Families can talk about...
Explore the app with kids to learn about fields you're both interested in.
Use the small information summaries as launching pads to learn more about the topics. This can be everything from the effects of a person's influence in the world to a broader Internet search on a topic you're both unfamiliar with but find intriguing.