Ask a student what the capital of Burkina Faso is and most will give you a blank stare. Most would be lucky to even tell you the continent the country is a part of. With these 8 must-have apps for geography, not only will students learn the capital of Burkina Faso (it’s Ouagadougou by the way), but they will learn a lot of geographical facts, as well as information that will help them navigate and better understand the world.
The Stack the States and Stack the Countries apps provide a fun way for children to learn about the 50 states and countries around the world. Featured in the apps are animated characters shaped like different states and countries. Children answer questions as part of fun stacking games to earn points and advance.
Geography Quiz tests students’ knowledge about four different continents: North America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Students answer questions about each continent, earning points not only for answering questions correctly, but for how fast they are able to answer the questions.
With the Geogame World Series app, students can learn facts related to seven different geography categories. As they complete challenges, they will learn about territories, currencies, flags and population densities. The app also features a way to look up Wikipedia articles to help students find the information they need.
Students will not find fun learning games as part of the Learn World Geography app. Instead the app uses flash cards to help students quickly learn information such as capitals and identifying locations on maps. Over 1,000 flash cards are available in the app.
Using Geo Walk, students can explore the world through pictures and engaging articles. Over 500 different descriptions and photographs are contained within the app. Students can also use the quiz mode to test what they have learned while reading the descriptions.
Instead of asking where something is, students can discover it for themselves using the Where is What? app. The app includes information about various countries, their capitals and major landmarks found within them. That information is turned into a game as students search for locations to try and earn points.
Geomaster contains 10 different challenges to help students discover the world. Categories range from French departments to world capitals. While the game looks simple, it will actually be challenging for students and throw a few twists in turns in their way.
Students can see if they have what it takes to win the National Geography Bee with the GeoBee Challenge app. The app has students answer multiple choice questions, identify photographs and more to test their geography knowledge. Designed for children in grades four through eight, it may also prove to be challenging for older students and adults.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.