Not only does this app provide an illustrated atlas of the United States, it also provides an impressive amount of interaction. Upon opening, students have a choice between two sections – maps and games.
Maps – Scroll between and interact with six different maps of the country. Some highlight over 200 attractions across the country. After tapping each illustration, an ‘Info Box’ appears and gives 3 – 5 sentences about each attraction. I live near Stone Mountain in Georgia. The Info Box states, “Stone Mountain is a rock hill in Georgia, standing on its own and rising 825 ft (250 m) above the surrounding area. It is well-known for the enormous carving on its north face, the largest stone carving in the world. It shows three important figures from the Confederacy: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis.” Other maps highlight mountain ranges, rivers, and large cities. A ‘Fact Box’ for each state appears on some of the maps. Each Fact Box contains three sections – Basics (name, nickname, motto, abbreviation, admission to Union, capital, largest cities, and origin of name), Numbers (total area, width, length, highest point, lowest point, and total population), and Symbols (flag, seal, state flower, state tree, state bird, state animal, state fish, state insect, state song, and state mineral). Simply put, the maps provide a plethora of information about this country!
Games – Each of the four choices (Match the Pair, States & Capitals, Trivia, and Find on a Map) allows students to apply knowledge of the states in a game-like format. The difficulty level can be altered in some of the games. Stars can be earned and eventually be used to collect badges.