We love to cover technology for kids on this website. There has recently been a huge uptick in iPhone/iPad games and applications geared towards kids and learning. The folks at Barefoot Books, with their technology partner Touch Press, recently launched what may be one of the most impressive uses of the iPad technology to date.
The app is called Barefoot World Atlas and it encourages kids to explore the world with their finger tips. When I first saw my kids engaging with the app I was reminded of of the HUGE blue atlases that we had in my elementary school library back in the day. It literally took two librarians to get that thing off the shelf. Needless to say, we’ve come a long way.
Barefoot World Atlas allows kids of all ages to circle Earth and then click on the certain locations for stats on the country and more information, like beautiful pictures. The amount of data baked into the app is truly amazing.
Because of the amount of data and shear breadth of the application, the price is higher than what parents might be used to seeing in the app store–coming in at $7.99. But if you compare that price point to a book with the same amount of information (minus the interactivity)–this thing is a steal.
Barefoot World Atlas will engage the smallest kids up through grade school. My 5th grader has literally spent hours working through all of the geographic info. It was even compelling enough to keep the attention of my little pre-schooler and kindergarten. As Levar Burton used to say on Reading Rainbow, “you don’t have to take my word for it…”
Our Friends at Barefoot Books gave us 2 app codes and the book the app is based on. You can enter to win both simply by liking the Barefoot Books Facebook page below. We’ll announce winners this weekend.
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