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iPad App Review: Britannica Kids - Volcanoes


App Name: Britannica Kids - Volcanoes

Cost:  $4.99   

What does it promise?  The App Store says, “Volcanoes are an awesome display of the Earth’s power. Explore them interactively with this new app and learn about the world’s major volcanoes and their eruptions, lava, plate tectonics and much more.”

padworx a christmas carolDoes it deliver?  Learning about Volcanoes has never been more fun with this quick, interactive and educational app. Developed for students aged 8 to 12, the app offers a selection of games that are both fun to play and educational.

The Jigsaw Puzzles, created from amazing graphics of volcanoes, prompt users to break apart the puzzle and have some fun by shaking the device and then sliding the pieces back into place.

Kids can scramble images of volcanoes in The Magic Square game by shaking their device. The challenge is re-arranging the squares to unscramble the image.

Users also will enjoy brushing off lava, soot and dust from the eruption of Vesuvius to reveal an object in the city of Pompeii, and then try to guess what it is.

Can I use it in my classroom? Certainly. The app covers nearly every educational aspect of volcanoes including lava and magma, types of volcanoes, birth of an island, plate tectonics and eruptions.

All apps can be found in the iPad apps store under education.

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Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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