Whether you’re planning an outdoor excursion or just want to show off the National Parks to your students, check out National Geographic‘s fantastic free app: National Parks by National Geographic. With tons of information (and the option to upgrade for more) this app can be used for student research or inspiration!
Another great app from National Geographic is Marine Missions, a bright and colorful game that teaches children about water conservation and the animals that live in the ocean. A great tool for reinforcing lessons on ecosystems or extending a unit on biodiversity!
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans on sustainability, eating healthy, and other science topics!
It doesn’t have to be shark week for you to find great content from the Discovery Channel. Whether you’re looking for clips of new shows that can hook your students when kicking off a new unit, or a way to connect your instruction to current environmental issues, check out their free iPad app!
There are lots of great apps for searching the globe, and a great 3D tool is Atlas by Collins. Zoom in to their satellite view of the Earth and access more information about countries, cities and states. The satellite globe comes free with the app and more detailed maps can be purchased within the app.
Designed for visitors to Gettysburg, the Gettysburg Battle app can be used as a virtual tour of the Civil War battlefield. It includes video, audio, and an abundance of information on notable sites at Gettysburg. Try out these other virtual field trips: Monet paintings, art museum, panoramic views,
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*this app is made for an iPhone but works great on an iPad or iPod Touch
The American Red Cross has three apps designed to support victims of natural disasters. Whether you’re studying a region of the United States or just looking to spark a discussion, these apps will come in handy. Show your students how to prepare and stay safe with the tips they share:
Exploring the world around you can take many forms. If you’re looking to do this on a global scale, NASA’s Earth Now is a fantastic free app that allows users to spin the earth with different filters. Check out daily temperatures, ozone, sea level and more!
Teaching sustainability? Here’s my Common Core aligned QR Scavenger Hunt “Intro to Healthy Eating” and the “Food Plate (aka Food Pyramid)“
Trees Pro HD by Nature Mobile is a fantastic free app for exploring trees in your neighborhood and beyond. Forty tree species are listed with beautiful, high quality photographs and information on their leaves, fruit and general characteristics. This is a wonderful resource for teachers and students!
If you’re teaching outdoor skills there are three apps from Columbia Sportswear that are worth checking out. These apps can provide great extension activities for lessons on physical education, life skills, and math class.
If you’re students are staying indoors, try out one of my QR scavenger hunts for a mini adventure!
This fun free app, How Canadian Are You, Eh? is perfect for checking your knowledge of Canadian history, geography and pop culture. I’ll be using it with students during our unit on Canada. Great for all ages, this app chooses 20 random questions and provides the answers once you’re finished quizzing.
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan using this app in the classroom!
Here’s a lesson for teaching Canadian geography!
Have you tried my Canadian QR code scavenger hunt?
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I’ve shared some of my favorite apps for learning US geography and world geography. TapQuiz Map is a free game that tests your knowledge of the globe. The player can focus on one region of the world at a time and see what countries and US states they can locate on a map. It even quizzes your knowledge of Canadian provinces.
Here’s another Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan that works great with this app!
Social Studies textbooks are one way to teach geography but I prefer having my students explore an atlas hands on. Zoom in and tap for more info as you virtually travel the globe with Atlas for iPad Free, World Travel Atlas Free, and My World Atlas – Free.
Check out my lesson plan using these apps in the classroom!
UPDATE: This app is no longer available in the app store. In the meantime check out this great map app!
A great game for getting students excited about United States geography is the ESPN Map Madness app. Using clues like team logos and home courts, this app asks you to pinpoint on a map the location of professional and college, football and basketball teams. Players are awarded points for their speed and accuracy. It’s a great alternative to straightforward geography practice. A little prior knowledge about popular sports teams can go a long way!
Stack the States in a must have app that’s fantastic for geography practice at any age. Students answer multiple choice questions and have visuals of each state as they choose their answer.
There is a free version of this app that my students use on their iPad, the paid app seems unnecessary because the lite version is solid. Check out Stack the Countries for world geography questions.
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app in the classroom!
Here’s another Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app in the classroom!
Check out my lesson using iPads to teach geography in the classroom!
Whether you are working on a screen projection to zoom in, or searching for monuments or specific regions, instructional possibilities are endless. Students can use Google street view to zoom in on the street outside their school, or look at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic to see deforestation right from their desks.
Using Apple’s map app – standard with the iPad operating system – you can plug different locations to find distances between two places in math class or check out a satellite or hybrid view during social studies. The free Google Earth app takes this perspective from space. Great for whole class, small group or independent work!
Check out my common core aligned lesson plan using maps on iPads in the classroom!
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