Social Studies Apps

Social Studies iPad Sharing Session

Apps are plentiful and we cannot keep current on all app offerings or those that are recently developed. This list is an attempt to put together 10+ apps that teachers in our districts are finding useful in the area of K-12 social studies. We have also included a few links near the bottom of sites that list apps by subject area that might be useful. This list will evolve as we continue to have workshops and explore new apps.

2010 World Factbook: With this app, your children can learn about different countries, their flags, languages, government, economy, and more.

Flashcards Deluxe: Customize your own flashcards with this app, which integrates with, features audio and text, and can hold over 5,000 flash cards.

Manual for the United States of America Kids can learn about and read the Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, biographies of Supreme Court justices, and a lot more.

Oregon Trail This classic game is now available on the iPad and helps children of various ages practice problem-solving and decision-making skills as they learn about history and try to survive the great trek West.

Civilization Revolution Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution teaches kids about world civilizations, including Japan, Germany, China, Spain, America, and others, as they lead their people to victory.

GeoPedia: Make use of Geopedia to find landmarks around you and your school through Wikipedia articles.

This Day in History: Learn about and share different events in history from this app.

Birthdays in History: Learn about and share historical birthdays with this app.

iPresident: With this app, you'll get the details on all of the Presidents of the United States of America.

Wordpress – this app allows for me to quickly get into and out of a wordpress blog and there are numerous that are helpful as a teacher.

World Wiki: This handy app has demographic information from over 200 countries worldwide. Countries are sorted by alphabetical order, and the information is gathered from Wikipedia online, but no internet connection is required to run this app as all the data is stored on your iPod touch. Capitals, governments, flags, currencies and populations are just some of the useful things you will access with this reference app. The newest version even lets you play national anthems!

GoodReader – allows me to view any type of document from a PDF to a powerpoint.

Google Earth: Who doesn't love Google Earth? Whether you use it on a SmartBoard, desktop, or on your iPod touch, you can't fail to be impressed by what you can get for free from Google. Spin the globe or navigate the planet with a swift swipe of your finger, zoom in and out by pinching, and tilt the world by tilting your iPod touch. Students love it. The iPod touch and iPhone version includes all the same hi-res images you get on the desktop version, can easily be used by both Science and Social Studies teachers, but it does need 211 mb of free space and a WiFi connection.

Quick Office HD – a mini-office suite that allows me to edit Word files that I can easily store and send via dropbox.

Constitution for iPhone or iPod Touch: Students of American history cannot fail to be impressed by this digital version of an historic document. It lets you read through all the articles and amendments in a clear and easy to read format. There are also notes from the publisher on individual entries. Why not pair this app with other important documents like the Declaration for Independence or the Geneva Convention. They are made by the same publishers, and are also free to download.

Inkling – is the first generation of iPad textbooks with a growing list of college and AP level text books that students can purchase and download. They can download just a chapter or an entire textbook.

U.S. States and Capitals Lite: Learn the 50 states and their capitals, or refresh what you learned as a kid! Bright, beautiful graphics and high-quality sound create an engaging experience for anyone of any age. The entire interface can be navigated through simple shape and sound recognition -- perfect for preschool learners!

Dropbox – allows me to share documents, files, PDFs, powerpoints, from my home office computer, home laptop, school computer and iPad. Simply fantastic and helps me stay organized.

Kindle (for iPad) – I love reading books on Kindle. I can highlight sections, get a quick definition by simply tapping the word, and go directly to an Internet search. I can leave bookmarks and notes. Great device for teaching and reading.

Historical Docs Apps – there are dozens of apps that allow teachers to have at their fingertips, via the iPad, important historical documents.

Note Taker HD Note Taker HD is a serious app for writing handwritten notes, diagrams, etc., on the iPad. It can shrink your writing so you can easily fit a lot of text on a page. You can read the reduced-size "ink" as if you had written those letters with a very fine pen.

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