Digital map have revolutionized how children learn geography. USA Illustrated Atlas is a place to find information, facts, and lots of maps. It is an age appropriate resource for older elementary students (ages 7 and up) that will improve their geographical knowledge and understanding about the United States.
USA Illustrated Atlas is a new app by SILCOM Multimedia for IOS devices -iPad- and soon on Android devices. It is divided into two sections. The first section contains a collection of six different maps that show US landforms, the states and capitals, important cultural facts, the largest cities and their populations, and the major rivers. Navigating between maps is accomplished by either swiping from one to the next, or tapping the compass rose, which brings up icons for each map. The maps themselves are bright and colorful, with just enough detail.
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The other section contains four different games that make learning about geographical and cultural facts fun. Did you know, for example, that the Mississippi River is the longest river in the US? Or, that there are 200 covered bridges in the state of Pennsylvania? The games include:
- a matching game for states, flags, and symbols
- a multiple choice trivia game
- a drag and drop game that helps children identify each state by shape
- a quiz to locate the states on a map
Each game in USA Illustrated Atlas has two difficulty levels (easy and hard) to accommodate different ages. Correct answers help children earn points, which can be turned into reward badges.
USA Illustrated Atlas helps children acquire information using two different approaches, using either the map format or the game format. As I was going through the different parts, I noticed that the speaker mispronounced some of the names of the states and capitals. As a result, they are hard for children to recognize. This is an issue that should be addressed in an update.
USA Illustrated Atlas is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad
RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€ 1.79
At the time of this review, USA Illustrated Atlas contains no ads and no in app purchases. There are also no external links to the web or social media. Parents can be confident that their children’s privacy is protected when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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