State Swipe, by developer eNovate Media Solutions and Twin Sisters, is a fun way for children (and adults) to practice and learn about states and their capitals. With several different games, students can practice skills about the capitals, state shapes, abbreviations, nicknames, and even state quarters. With both learning and game components, the app is varied and engaging for kids from age seven and up.
The learning begins by tapping on the Flashcard Forest section of the map. Here, users tap on one of the fifty states. Flashcards appear showing the name and shape of the state, the capital, the nickname, abbreviation, region of the United States, an image of the state quarter, and a photo of a landmark found in that state. In Karaoke Canyon, users can hear a little song with the capitals and states. You can either listen to the words, or as you become more confident, just the instrumental.
Children can play a matching game in Memory Marshland where cards are flipped over and users must find the matching pairs. In Matching Mountain, the users tap face up cards to find matches. In both games, matches are of various things capitals and states, abbreviations and capitals, shape states and names, etc. The last option is to simply tap the Play button. Here is where the swiping comes in. Children must read the question and swipe the correct state shape (no names) to answer the question. You are allowed three errors to move to the next level. Any more than that and you must replay the level. Earn badges for mastering various achievements within the game.
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I had a very hard time memorizing the capitals of the fifty states when I was young. This game would have been an awesome tool to reinforce a skill that is dependent on memorization. I really enjoyed the various aspects of the app and the varied ways to practice this skill. The swiping game was a hit with my son, as he currently enjoys swiping anything and feels like a ninja when he does. As an adult, I found this challenging as I had to think about what the states look like, not just what state belongs with each capital. The bonus swipes like slowing down the clock and eliminating an X were great too. One caution is that the questions are not read aloud, so students must be able to read to be able to utilize the swiping game. Nonreaders would struggle with this app.
Overall, State Swipe is a fun way for students to not just practice capitals, but also abbreviations, nicknames, state shapes and facts about the fifty states. It's a good way for readers to practice a skill that can get truly boring!
State Swipe is availabe for both iOS (Universal) and Android - Give it a try, Lite version available
RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.79
Note to Parents:
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She freely admits that learning state capitals was a challenge for her and this app would have helped her tremendously. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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