Social Studies Education Apps

Aug 27, 2011
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I’m a grad student in Elementary Education at USF. As a fellow of the iTeach program I’m excited about incorporating iPads into classrooms in meaningful ways. After struggling to find some apps that are high in content and also engaging for students I created this list to help others.

Stack the States™

includes flashcards and an interactive map for practice. The game portion is like a quiz (reinforcing the info from the flashcards). After a set number of correct answers, students are rewarded with a timed challenge to identify states by shape or capitals or location on the map. Great Geography app!

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Stack the Countries™

includes flashcards and an interactive map for practice. The game portion is like a quiz (reinforcing the info from the flashcards). After a set number of correct answers, students are rewarded with a timed challenge to identify countries by shape or capitals or location on the map. Includes all the continents and very colorful. Great Geography app!

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Stats of the Union

Free app that let’s you examine different variables and how they relate across the country.

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Star Walk ™ HD – The Astronomy Guide to View Stars, Planets & Night Sky Map

Amazing pictures! Fantastic intuitive controls! great background info on constellations. Definitely a “cool” app kids love.

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National Geographic Kids

The magazine comes to life! This app has 2 free issues, which you can purchase more in app. Fun facts, puzzles are interactive, links to other sites/pictures imbedded within the issue.

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Google Earth

an interactive globe with some preset markers that link to pictures and other interesting facts about the locations. Great for topograhy too.

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Fotopedia Heritage

If you ever need stunning, breathtaking pictures from around the world, this is your app. This is the free overarching app, but there are great “collections” (like colors, Paris, N. Korea, etc.) for purchase and sometimes free. There is a search engine that allows you to find just the perfect moment(s) to bring a global perspective to your class.

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LIFE for iPad

Current events and history rolled into one great photgraphic map of the world. Search by time period, collection, or geographic location. There are some graphic pictures though so be careful when doing blind searches.

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Early Jamestown

Very cool interactive ebook

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BrainPOP Featured Movie

The same great software now in an app! Familiar to students and has great history related movies and quizes.

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