Geography can be a tricky subject to teach while also keeping students engaged. Games and apps are a great way for kids to have fun while also reinforcing key geography skills! I’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best apps that are all about geography!
1. Atlas for iPad (Apple)
Atlas for iPad is a free app that provides your students with countless maps of locations all over the world. It also has quick facts about each of the locations.
Disaster Alert shows different “disasters” or hazards that are occurring around the world at any given moment. Your students can get updates about a drought in Sri Lanka or an avalanche in Norway straight from their tablets!
Google Earth allows your students to explore the planet in high-resolution 3-D images, street view, from photos, and via the Tour Guide.
4. iLearn Geography (Apple)
iLearn Geography is a free app that has endless information about the continents, oceans, landforms, and the world’s most amazing landmarks. It is well organized and easy to navigate.
5. Learn World Geography (Apple)
Learn World Geography by Brainscape is a fun geography app that uses flashcards to quiz your students on their knowledge of countries, capitals, flags, and currencies.
6. Mission Antarctica (Apple)
Mission to Antarctica is a free app that was designed for middle school aged children. It follows the Antarctic expedition that began in August 2011. On it, your students can access, information, images, and web pages associated with the expedition.
7. Stuck on Earth (Android)
This app was built for photographers to share their images from around the world, and it works great in the classroom too! Students can discover amazing places by viewing images of the most beautiful places on Earth!
8. TapQuiz Maps World Edition (Apple)
TapQuiz Maps World Edition is designed to help you learn all of the countries in the world through an engaging game!
This app is a fun, interactive game that helps kids learn the flags of different countries. Kids are tasked to put together a jigsaw puzzle that forms the image of a country’s flag.
10. WorldTouch (Apple)
WorldTouch provides endless amounts of visual data about countries all around the world. Your students can learn all about the latest environmental, social, and economic data of various countires.
Weather Underground is a fantastic tool to help students explore real-life weather and forecasts. It includes interactive radar, current conditions, forecasts, and up to date weather data.
12. Malama Honua My Voyage (Apple)
This app is a great educational app all about the voyages of ancient Polynesians. Your students will learn all about the Polynesians and their sailing canoes, will go on a Hawaiian adventure, and can solve 9 different learning puzzles.
13. US. Geography With Flat Stanley (Apple)
This app was voted Best Education App for Kids! Students learn the names, spelling, and locations of all 50 states with the help of Flat Stanley! Included in the app are geographic locations, regions, spellings flags, landmarks, state birds, photos, and more!
14. Art Stories Cities (Apple)
In this app, students travel the world map and discover seven cities in different countries. They learn about the landmarks of the cities and can listen to the real sounds of these cities. They can also build their ideal city using what they have learned along the way.
15. Geography Drive USA™ (Apple)
Geography Drive USA helps students practice their knowledge of the 50 states. In this app, they can practice the shapes, capitals, nicknames, flags, symbols, and more for all of the states. Also included are mountains, important trails, railroads, rivers, and important cities.
This app is a challenging game meant for kids grades 4-8. GeoBee challenges students to answer geography questions from a library of over 1300 National Geographic Bee questions. The faster they answer the questions, the more points they get!
17. Barefoot World Atlas (Apple)
In this app, students can fly around the interactive 3D globe and learn all about the different wonders of our planet. They can read or listen to information about different topics, learn facts about each country, and watch hundreds of mini-videos about the topics included.
18. Stack the Countries® (Apple)
Stack the Countries is an interactive game that helps your students learn all about the countries around the world! Students learn country capitals, geographic locations, landmarks, and more. They touch, move, and drop the countries anywhere on the screen to build a stack of countries to win each level. Students will earn a country with each level that they win, and can try to earn all 193!
19. Geo Walk (Apple)
Geo Walk is a world fact book about plants, animals, historical events, inventions, and famous people. Students can travel the globe and read articles about different topics in history and geography. They can then test their knowledge about what they read by taking a quiz.
20. Tiny Countries (Apple)
In this app, students help Tiny in an epic adventure to save the world by using their geography skills! Included in this app are 15 missions that span over 6 countries, 75 countries, and an interactive interface to help students learn about countries, capitals, and famous monuments.