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Learn the World - Map, Earth, Continents, Atlas Learning

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

From Brunei to Barbados, complex app is all over the map.

App iPad Paid Education
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Well, it's quite literally all over the place, not only on the map but also in the information presented and quizzes given. The Wikipedia-based information on each country in the "Learn" section is extremely text-heavy. Designed with a "retro, throwback feel," this app is nice enough to look at but quite difficult and can be frustrating for all but the most geographically minded students. It requires multiple correct answers to earn flags, and, if more than one kid plays on the same app, there's no way to save flags earned specifically for each user.

Also, because many kids are reluctant to return to (or even visit at all) information portions of apps when interactive quizzes and games are available, it would be nice if the developer would include more verbal cues and brief factual information within the quizzes. As it stands, the games aren't as complete or explanatory as they could be for maximum learning. For example, in the Fly Quiz, the app doesn't show players the locations of the countries they may have missed. Also, it would be better if the names of the countries were reinforced verbally in the quizzes (how does one pronounce Vanuatu, Mauritius, or Nauru?). There's no verbal hints or information, unless you go back into the Learn mode. Unfortunately, Learn the World - Map, Earth, Continents, Atlas Learning doesn't quite live up to the quality of other Merge Mobile educational apps.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Social Studies : geography, global awareness, the economy
  • Skills: Self-Direction : academic development, Thinking & Reasoning : applying information, memorization
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: April 26, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Merge Mobile
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later
  • Last updated: March 29, 2021

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