Geographia

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Great way to learn states and capitals by region.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the names of all the U.S. states and their capitals, organized by eight regions. Along the way, they can pick up the name of a native bird of each region. Kids choose between the Explore phase (learning) and the Challenge phase (testing). One downside is that there aren't a lot of opportunities to level up or complete new challenges; another is that the app promotes memorization but doesn't help build concepts or deeper understanding of geography. Geographia provides a useful but limited study tool for kids learning U.S. states and capitals.

Ease of Play

Very simple to play. Voice instructions and prompts can be turned off or on. Two choices between "Explore" phase (learn) and "Challenge" phase (test). Multiple players can create their own icon in this app, which will track their scores and times.

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There's an "About" tab on the main screen, and if you click on it a screen pops up that includes an "Other Apps" option that links to the publisher's home page.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Geographia is a beautifully designed and illustrated app that teaches kids the U.S. states and capitals by splitting the nation into eight regions. Kids have the option to learn state names or capital names, and to use a voice prompt or not. Kids are rewarded with adding a regional bird to a bird house each time they answer all of the states and capitals correctly for that region. More than one kid can create a user account on this game, which then tracks each user's progress.

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What's it about?

Geographia begins with a beautifully illustrated map from which kids choose a region. The chosen region then enlarges so kids can focus on that portion. Players have the option to start learning the states, capitals, or both. A voice prompt option is available as well. Correct answers earn kids a regional bird to add to their own bird house. More than one player can create an account on this app, which then tracks each player's progress.

Is it any good?

There's something that's wonderfully simplifying about learning all the names of U.S. states and capitals by region. Not only simplifying, but also enlightening, as kids also learn about birds of the regions they are studying. The map of the states used on this app is an original, handpainted work of art and it shows. This app is not only effective in learning states and capitals, it's also just pleasant to look at.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Play the game with your kid to see how many states and capitals you know.

  • Find an off-screen map, such as a road atlas, and see how the regions are connected by the interstate highways.

  • Build conceptual knowledge by talking about relationships between weather, flora, and fauna in each geographical region.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Social Studies: geography
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, part-whole relationships
  • Price: $1.99
  • Release date: May 23, 2011
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 39.90 MB
  • Publisher: CILAT
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later

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