Editorial Review

Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book

Dazzling look at the world via an interactive atlas.
Graphite Rating 4
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  • The search function lets kids look for specific information.
  • Spinning the globe shows different flash cards of images and information.
  • Tapping the flashcard shows the image close-up along with sharing options.
  • Touching an image again flips it over to show a brief bit of information about it.
  • Quizzes open up the opportunity for even more learning as kids read about more about each incorrect answer as well as the correct one.
Pros
Two inviting interfaces let kids explore over 500 places, animals, plants, people, and events.
Cons
The app lacks diversity of historical figures and doesn't offer videos.
Bottom Line
Credible resource for introducing students to the world, which is likely to encourage them to research areas of interest further.

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Amanda Bindel
Common Sense Graphite Reviewer
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Graphite Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Stunning graphics and bite-sized facts hold kids' interest. Self-directed exploration lets kids choose what interests them.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Offering a rich sampling of information, the app lets kids approach the content in two unique ways. Quizzes offer a fun way to test retention. But the People section is lacking diversity.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 5

Internet links lead kids to even more information. Certain categories can be deselected to target certain subject areas.

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What's It Like?

Kids spin an interactive globe that's covered with small thumbnail pictures (which turn out to be flashcards). When they tap one, they'll see an image indicating one of the game's four categories -- animals and plants, history, people, and inventions. Tap the picture and an informational paragraph gives details in a short, digestible form. The other way to view the information is by viewing the cards, which appear in a circular scrolling manner.

Each card offers a dazzling photo and a short paragraph of information. Players can turn off categories and take a quiz to see how much of the information they're retaining.

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Is It Good For Learning?

In an era where expertly researched encyclopedias are nearly extinct and crowd-sourced ones often contain faulty data, Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book is a breath of fresh air. Loaded with information in easily digestible nuggets, the app makes exploring the world truly fun. And a quiz mode helps kids review what they've learned (or test their existing knowledge) in an entertaining fashion.

Designed for kids, this is not an exhaustive resource. Rather, it presents more than 500 flashcards that cover places, animals, plants, people, and events. The People section could use more diversity, as very few women and races are represented. Important figures like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. are missing, for example.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book is a great resource for encouraging kids to explore the world. With two different ways to access its information, the app appeals to different learning styles. Since the information included on each card is brief, this app is a great source to use as an idea generator for research topics. Categories can be deselected, too, so you could make available only the options you want your students to explore (places or events, for example). The vivid images could be used to introduce topics to the whole class or make connections to themes in history, science, or literature.

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