App Name: Pyramids 3D
What does it promise? With this app, students can explore the incredible pyramids and tombs of ancient Egypt.
Does it deliver? It sure does. The interface allows users to fly around the plateau where the pyramids and the Sphinx are located at Giza near Cairo. Interactive, three-dimensional maps let students wander around the labyrinthine tombs and passageways. Users can examine wall paintings in incredible detail, or view royal statues and objects with a 360-degree rotating feature.
Everything has been painstakingly recreated from ultra-high-resolution digital imagery captured on location in Egypt by Sandro Vannini, one of the world's most respected photographers of archeological sites and antiquities.
To help explain and illuminate the world of the ancient Egyptians, the app offers an accompanying interactive book, specially written by world-renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, along with other expert archeologists. Touch any painting or object in the pyramids and tombs to discover what they represent, who made them and what place they have in the culture of ancient Egypt.
Can I use it in my classroom? It’s a bit pricy at $13.99, especially considering the limited time spent covering this subject in the K-12 classroom, but Pyramids 3D covers the topic like no other app on the market.
All apps can be found in the iPad apps store under education.