Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever

Common Sense Media says

Realistic, scary art in dino lovers' dream database.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is easy to navigate. Kids can flip through page by page like a book, or use a visual table of contents to jump to a specific page.

Violence

The Meat Eaters section has many graphic illustrations showing carnivorous dinosaurs hunting, killing, and eating other dinosaurs. One picture shows a dinosaur with the bloody severed tail of its prey hanging out of its mouth. Another shows dinosaurs feasting on the open ribcage of a dead sea creature. One of the videos shows a T. rex stalking and killing its prey by knocking it down and biting its neck.

Sex

There's a section on dinosaur mating, but it doesn't go into much detail because not very much is known about dinosaur courtship.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ultimate Dinopedia includes a section on meat-eating dinosaurs that contains graphic illustrations of dinosaurs killing and eating others. Younger kids might also be frightened by pictures of some of the scarier-looking predators. The interactive encyclopedia with information on hundreds of dinosaurs, and about 75 of the most popular dinosaurs (like the T. rex, triceratops, stegosaurus, and brontosaurus) get a full-color illustration, fun facts, and a narrated info blurb on top of basic stats. There's a lot of information but it's presented in a way that shouldn't go over kids' heads.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • life cycle
  • animals
  • biology

Social Studies

  • exploration
  • geography
  • timelines

Skills

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

More than a (very rich) collection of stats, this app also features images and videos, a dinosaur "family tree," and more. Blurbs are read in the voice of an over-the-top news anchor.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn facts about more than 700 dinosaurs by viewing illustrations and animated videos as well as listening to and reading narrated information blurbs that include text and statistics.

Support

There's a lot of information, but it's presented in a way that shouldn't go over kids' heads. The app is easy to navigate. Kids can flip pages like a book or use a table of contents.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • life cycle
  • animals
  • biology

Social Studies

  • exploration
  • geography
  • timelines

Skills

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Kids can learn facts about more than 700 dinosaurs in this comprehensive encyclopedia. The app also features images and videos; a dinosaur "family tree"; and info about habitat, diet, eggs and babies, fossils, and famous dinosaur digs. Plus, it offers expanded coverage for about 75 popular dinos (such as T. rex and triceratops) that includes illustrations, narrated info blurbs, and animated videos. Interactive elements or quizzes would have been a nice addition to this otherwise thorough app. The Ultimate Dinopedia lives up to its name, even if kids can't check their learning in the app.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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What's it about?

Kids view the content of this National Geographic interactive encyclopedia by flipping through each page as they would a book, or they can navigate to specific sections via a scrolling table of contents. Kids can read basic stats on hundreds of dinosaurs, and explore expanded sections on about 75 of the most popular dinos (such as brontosaurus and tyrannosaurus rex) that include illustrations, fun facts, and narrated text.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It's hard to say whether ULTIMATE DINOPEDIA: THE MOST COMPLETE DINOSAUR REFERENCE EVER lives up to its boastful name, but it's certainly packed full of information on an astounding number of dinosaurs (around 700). More than just a collection of stats, the app also features images and videos, a dinosaur "family tree," and info about habitat, diet, eggs and babies, fossils, and famous dinosaur digs. The voice actor reads the info blurbs like an over-the-top news anchor, but that aside, Ultimate Dinopedia is a must-have for dinosaur lovers.

Families can talk about...

  • Take kids to a natural history museum and encourage them to look up the dinosaurs from their favorite exhibits in the Dinopedia.

  • Ask kids to compare and contrast certain dinosaurs and today's modern birds using the Dinopedia's Dinosaur Family Tree.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$5.99
Release date:December 14, 2010
Category:Books
Topics:Dinosaurs
Publisher:National Geographic Society
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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