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Kids U.S. Atlas - Educational Games, Fun Activities and Challenging Puzzle & Quiz to Discover and Learn the Geography of the United States

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Cool info, good audio, so-so quizzes boost geography skills.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Paid, Free Education
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There's some impressive information available -- the whooping crane is the tallest North American bird! -- but the static quizzes, lack of progress tracking, and auto-play audio mar the quality. Each section's five quizzes vary in difficulty: Some are super easy and don't have much learning potential, such as assembling a puzzle; however, others require real content knowledge that most kids can't just assume and get right instantly. The sorting questions ("put these states in order by population") and pinpointing questions ("place the pin as close as possible to the right spot)" are especially good, though they'd be even better with a little more detail. Also, it would be great if the quizzes adapted or adjusted following each try. Better progress tracking would help parents monitor kids' time on-task, but there isn't meaningful tracking of right or wrong answers or a kid's real learning outcome. The audio features further complicate this issue: Sometimes the audio continues to play after you've selected your answer. Overall, this is a cool tool for exploring U.S. geography, but look elsewhere for deeper assessments and more detailed insights on the nation and its past. Also, keep an eye out for how to get the best bang for your buck: The free version only comes with the animals section, but users can buy the full suite for $4.99 or purchase them one by one for $1.99 each.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, exploration, geography, history
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, making conclusions, solving puzzles
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free (Free version includes in-app purchase to unlock all content. Full version available for $4.99.)
  • Release date: May 27, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: History
  • Publisher: Planet Factory Interactive S.L.
  • Version: 1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: April 9, 2019

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