One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Stories, beautiful photos help kids build global awareness.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn cultural understanding and global awareness by experiencing the stories and related activities on One Globe Kids. As kids listen to the stories told by other kids in countries around the world, they can gain empathy for other kids' challenges and can take delight in their everyday joys. After they listen to the stories and begin to record their own answers to related questions, kids can grow in self-awareness and take a fresh perspective on their own daily lives as they discover similarities and differences in the lives of kids in the recorded stories. Kids can gain cultural understanding through experiencing other kids' stories, learning countries' facts, and making comparisons to their own daily lives.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Simply tap icons to choose play options and swipe to turn pages. Kids in the stories speak the written stories as well as provide audio instructions to the interactive elements. The free vs. in-app purchase stories are clearly marked. 

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Most stories require in-app purchases ($1.99 each), or you can purchase a paid version of the app for all stories.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World introduces kids to global cultures through photo- and audio-based "a day in my life" stories told by individual kids from different countries. There's Aji in Indonesia, Luna in New York City, and almost a dozen other stories for kids to listen to and read.  Kids can also hear a bit of each storyteller's language (and record themselves saying a few words), choose which storyline they'd like to hear, and learn geographic, cultural, and political facts about each country. Two stories are free to try, all others require $1.99 in-app purchase. Stories can be heard in four languages. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Adult Written byhrowell June 3, 2016

Great resource!

I used One Globe Kids multiple times with my students. We learned about Valdo from Haiti, Aji from Indonesia, and Jenissa from Burundi. I was amazed at how my s... Continue reading

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What's it about?

In ONE GLOBE KIDS - FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD kids choose a story, then listen to and read it by swiping through each page to turn to the next page. If you want to choose different approaches to the story, choose "Adventure" or choose "Start to Finish!" to read from beginning to end. Tap "Conversations" and press the red button to record audio of your own voice telling your story (which isn't shared publicly). Tap the language option to hear and practice speaking some vocabulary words in another language. Photos and audio add to this cultural and social learning experience.

Is it any good?

Kids can "meet" other kids around the world and discover what their lives are like without ever leaving home through the interactive stories on this app. One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World takes kids to meet Valdo in Haiti, who travels hours to get to school, wears a SpongeBob SquarePants T-shirt, and loves weekends in his village. Luna in New York City lives in a small apartment, eats breakfast twice, and rides her scooter two blocks to school. Kids can practice recording their own story with guiding questions that prompt kids to use their imaginations to relate to the app's stories and compare their own lives ("What do you like to eat for breakfast?" "How do you get to school?"), as well as practice a few words from each kid's language. Almost all of the stories require a $1.99 in-app purchase (unless you purchases the paid One Globe Kids - All Friends app). That price seems like an economical way for kids to experience other cultures and learn about other kids' lives.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how your life different from the stories on One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World? How is it the same?

  • Try speaking and recording some words in the languages of the featured kids with your kid. Learning and remembering just a few words in different languages at a young age can spark kids' long-term interest in and confidence about learning more languages. 

  • View the map. Point out where you live and where the kids featured in the stories live. Use vocabulary related to geography to describe each place, such as Northern Hemisphere, Europe, close to the Equator, and island or land-locked. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, global awareness
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: thinking critically
    Emotional Development: empathy, perspective taking, self-awareness
    Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (Free app includes one story; each additional story is $1.99 via in-app purchases. Free app includes one story; more individual stories (for example, "Maya in Israel," or "Floor in The Netherlands") can be added with $1.99 in-app purchases. There's also a complete version, One Globe Kids - All Friends, available for $9.99.)
  • Release date: February 28, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Size: 18.20 MB
  • Publisher: Globe Smart Kids
  • Version: 1.1.71
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.1 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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