The World by National Geographic
The World by National Geographic iPad application will give students the world right at their fingertips. This is another educational app for iPad that will make teaching Geography in the classroom not only interesting but also lots of fun. The app offers fast access to any place in the world with a simple touch. Through this application, children can browse complete atlases, learn about country-based information and find plenty of National Geographic photos by a simple touch. It has a 3D spinning globe that allows the students to manipulate regional as well as worldwide views. It is sold for $3.99.
Important functionalities and features
- A multi-directional 3D spinning globe that permits multi-touch manipulation of regional and worldwide views
- Numerous photographs in quality galleries from My Shot Community and National Geographic photographers
- Stratified geography navigation configuration based on authentic National Geographic atlases and products
- Gallery picture of Photos, Flags, Atlas Maps and others
- High–resolution and finely detailed map layers that make allowance for detailed zooming
- Truthful interactive views of the polar regions, a first for a globe like this
- Map views can be shared via Facebook, email and Twitter
How to use The World by National Geographic app
When a teacher or student opens the app, a 3D globe comes into view. It can be viewed in three modes: ocean, terrain or reference. When they swipe it, the globe spins,when they pinch it, it zooms in and out, and when tapped,yellow dots will label oceans and regions. The ocean and terrain mode shows land masses done in black, while oceans are lit in vivid blue. The reference mode shows political boundaries. Sharing a map via Facebook, email or Twitter is made possible by the camera icon found in the lower right corner of the iPad screen.
Navigating between the maps and the globe is easy when you use the menu found at the bottom of the screen; Students can choose maps by region and continent or from an alphabetical listing of nations shown by their flags. The index letters found on the side of the screen help in accessing the material quickly. When a student zooms in on a country map the details of that country will appear, and when they zoom out, the map will be embedded into the globe to provide geographical context.
Advantage of the app as educational tool
The head of St. Catherine’s High School in Racine, Wisconsin, Mr. Christopher Olley, announced that his school used the iPad in the 6th and 7th grades this school year. If the experiment proves a success, all teachers and students will be using iPad instead of textbooks by 2012.
He cited ways that the device will be used in the classroom and one of it is studying the geography of countries such as North Africa and Egypt which are going through a turbulent time in their history. Students learn about revolutions going on in these countries from news and TV broadcast. In the classroom, with the use of apps such as The
World by National Geographic they will be able to relate the current happening in these countries with fast facts about people, weather, economy and other info about these countries. Students can also read non-fiction and fiction stories about prominent people that are shaping the history of the world from e-books, resulting in intense and immediate learning.
At Burr Elementary School in Fairfield, CT students in grade 3 to 5 used their iPads for a cross–curricular project spanning subject areas such as Math, Language Arts, Social Sciences and Science. The project is called “Oil and Water don’t Mix Technology-based solutions for a better world” which is focused on Environmental Studies. To do the research they used several apps such as National Geographic World Atlas HD. To better understand the BP Gulf Oil Spill, the students were made to view images of the areas affected by the oil spill.