Curriculum App Reviews - Social Studies (K-6)
Title: 7 Billion
Publisher: National Geographic
Available For:  iPad
Cost:  $4.99
Review:    This is a neat app that the National Geographic Magazine put together.  It is very interesting!  It shows how the population continues to grow and why.  It shows pictures of various parts of the world and how other people live.  It also focuses on the fact that there is overpopulation happening and we are depleting the Earth's resources without regard. 
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title:
American Flags Quiz
Publisher: Alexander Mokrushin
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $.99
Review:   This app is a simple way to quiz yourself on the flags of the individual states in the United States.  Kids have fun with this app.  Questions are multiple choice.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: American History Books
Publisher: iMarvel
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free version includes one book, $.99 version includes four
Review:  This app is intended to impart children knowledge of the culture and history of America. The app presents to them the profiles of heroes who built this "land of the free and home of the brave." It narrates to children the great story of how America became a free country. Also, the app introduces children to monuments in America of historical and patriotic significance.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: American Presidents 2 in 1
Publisher: Macphun.com LLC
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $1.99
Review:   American Presidents 2 in 1 is a cool little app that quizzes students on their knowledge of the presidents of the United States.  It also acts as an encyclopedia of the information about each of the presidents.  I had one student play this game for days because he wanted to get all of the questions correct.  When he was done, he could tell me anything I wanted to know about the presidents.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: American Presidents for iPad
Publisher: Peripatetic
Available For:  iPad
Cost:  $4.99
Review:  This app has everything! Each President has a well-written biographical essay from George Washington to Barack Obama. The graphics for this app are amazing and the detail put into this app make it, I think, one of the best apps for studying the American Presidency. Also included with this app, detailed maps that show each President's contribution to expanding the U.S., famous speeches made by the presidents, over 300 images/pictures/artwork about the presidents, and quizzes/facts about the presidents. This app is a beneficial tool for students and teachers alike.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title:
Book Creator
Publisher:  Red Jumper Studio
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $6.99
Review:   While a little pricey for an app, this gem can be used for a variety of purposes in any curriculum area which makes it worth the money.  Create your own iBooks right on your iPad using text as well as photos.  Once finished, the books can be opened in iBooks or other similar apps on your iPad.  It's so easy to use that your students will be creating books right away!  Stand back and watch the creativity flow!
Submitted By:  Deb Tschirhart, SOITA


Title:  Cloud On
Publisher:  Cloud On, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Cloud on is a free app that allows you to create, view, and modify Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly on your iPad. There are many other apps out there that allow you to do this but I have not seen one that is free. The documents you create are easily shared to a Dropbox account (which you will need to set up). This is also free. This app could be used in any class that creates documents. Awesome app for creating those digital portfolios.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Constitution
Publisher: Clint Bagwell
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Constitution is a cool free app that turns your iDevice into a real copy of the Constitution.  There are many Constitution apps in the app store.  This one is free and well worth the price.  Not only do you get the Constitution, you get other facts and tidbits to go along with it. 
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Declaration of Independence
Publisher: Clint Bagwell Consulting
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  The Declaration of Independence app is simply the Declaration of Independence.  It features the entire text, images and bios of the signers.  
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: eClicker Host
Publisher: Big Nerd Ranch
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:   eClicker Host is a wonderful app that turns iPods into a classroom performance system.  Students will beg to take tests on their iPods.  Students will get instant results after each question.  Teachers can create their own questions that correspond to their own curriculum.   You will also need to download the eClicker app (free) for each iPod. This is a wonderful app and one of my most used and highly recommended apps.  I love it.  Kids love it.  You will love it!
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Fact Book
Publisher:  Urbian, Inc
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:   Great app that can be used to put the entire world into your fingertips.  There is a lot of information to be presented through this application such as geography, population, government, and military.  This is a great resource to use when comparing countries from certain statistical categories.  It shows updated rankings such as GDP.  This app will even display graphs that can be used to compare how countries stack up against each other.       
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools
Review:   A mobile version of the CIA World Fact Book, offering users quick and easy access to CIA World Fact Book and United Nations data and statistics that covers a wide range of statistics. Students researching a foreign country will have simple and fast access to an incredible amount of important information.  Great for students doing a project on a foreign country or introducing a new country in class.      
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title: GeoMaster
Publisher: Visuamobile
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free / $.99 / Plus HD version $3.99
Review:  GeoMaster is a geography based game for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. This game is perfect for fifth grade geography students/teachers and a refresher for those of us who have forgotten cities, countries, and other geography details. There are close to nine games included with this app. My favorite game is the famous monuments app where the user must identify pictures of monuments from around the world. If you don't want to spend the money there is a free demo version of this app for trial.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Geo Walk HD-3D World Fact Book
Publisher: Vito Technology Inc
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $.99 for a limited time
Review: Geo Walk is an amazing app that teaches about the world. There are descriptions for over 500 objects such as people, places and unusual animals and plants.  There is a quiz mode.  You also don't need an Internet connection for this app.  Your students will love the facts and the amazing pictures. 
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Gettysburg Battle App
Publisher: NeoTreks Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  This app is one in a series of four Civil War Battle Apps. This app is GPS enabled for those who do a class trip to Gettysburg. The navigation is simple and "virtual signs" located within the app help keep historical information flowing back and forth. This app works even for those not visiting Gettysburg. The other three locations available are: Chancellorsville, Bull Run, and Fredericksburg.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Google Earth
Publisher: Google
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  Wish you could take students on a field trip to see historical places?  Don't have the money?  Well, Google Earth could be the answer for you and your students.  Google Earth will take you on a virtual field trip to any location on earth.  This is a great app for social studies and science class but can be used in all subject areas.  Are you learning about the pyramids?  Take your students to see the pyramids.  Want to visit the birthplace of a famous writer?  The possibilities are endless.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools



Title: History 3D: The Civil War
Publisher: IggyCo, Inc
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $1.99
Review:  History 3D: The Civil War is a new way to look at pictures taking over 150 years ago. Original negatives from the Civil War have been scanned into 3D images, and with the use of 3D glasses, these pictures will pop off the screen. You have never seen the Civil War like this before and you are missing out on a great learning experience.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: History: Maps of World
Publisher:  Seung-Bin Cho
Available For:  iPad, iTouch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  If you’re in need of some quick maps for your World History class, look no further. History: Maps of the World has a lengthy list of free maps for use in the classroom. If you have the capability to display your iPad or iPhone on an overhead projector you can bring up maps with the tap of your finger. The only downside is that because this app is free there are ad banners that come up and distract from the visual appeal.      
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: iAmerica
Publisher: USA Interactive
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  iAmerica is a free app that puts American History at your fingertips. This app includes extensive information about every President of the United States of America, the powers of the Executive Branch, and the White House itself. Hyperlinks are used throughout the app to take the user to more specific information pertaining to the area being researched. For instance, while browsing Abraham Lincoln's presidency a student could click on the American Civil War and be taken to the Wikipedia entry to find out more information on the topic.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  iResponse
Publisher: TATE, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $.99, the Pro version is $4.99
Review:   iResponse is another classroom responder system.  Unlike other classroom responder systems, iResponse works in conjunction with your own laptop.  Using the wireless network in your school, iResponse allows teachers to create quizzes on the computer and "push" questions to their students immediately.  I also like the fact that teachers can create questions on the fly and push them to their students.  iResponse works seamlessly and the students love taking quizzes.  I have used this app many times to do quick comprehension checks during the teaching of the lesson.  This is wonderful for students who are afraid of answering out loud for fear of being wrong.  No one knows if a student got the answer correct except the teacher and the individual student.  NOTE:  the teacher laptop also needs to download the free iResponse software from their website.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Keynote
Publisher:  Apple
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:   Keynote is Apple Inc.'s version of Powerpoint.  Keynote on the iPad is so user friendly you won't want to make presentations on any other device again.  Take pictures and videos from your iPad2 camera and add them to your presentations just like that.  Simple is the key phrase here.  Kids will love making presentations on the iPad and sharing them with others.  This app can be used for assessment in every subject area.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Quiz US States
Publisher:    Nicolas Cornette
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  Good review app for the use of U.S. state capitals. Includes four game modes: find state code, find state on map, find state name from its flag, or find state capital.  
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Real Time Congress
Publisher:  SunLight Foundation
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Great way to have students look at the legislative process as they track bills and receive updates through Google News about progress. Students can also follow the voting records of their legislatures. Students can engage in civic participation by locating and contacting their legislator about an issue important to them.
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Stack the States
Publisher:  Dan Russell-Pinson
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Lite version is free, Full version is $.99
Review:   My high school students love this game and it would be appropriate for elementary/middle school ages as well.  It is a game that tests your knowledge of the 50 United States.  You have to answer questions about the states, identify them by shape, know the capitals, etc.  It is a fun way to learn states/capitals.  The game progressively gets harder as you learn more.  The free version is limited, but a great way to try out the app.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools
Review:   Great app for geography review, plus builds a little bit of special recognition.  Many uses for the classroom.  Questions range from basic state shape, neighbors, capitols, and cities.
Submitted By:  Thomas Marshall, Hamilton City Schools
Review:   This is a great geography tool that helps students recognize shapes of states and state capitals in the United States.  The difficulty increases over time and really helps drill the player on where the states are located on the map and what their capital is.  The fun factor is when you have to stack the states under a certain line that shows up on the screen.  I would highly recommend this app for geography classroom use.
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title: The Civil War Today
Publisher:  A&E Television Networks Mobile
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $5.99
Review:   The Civil War Today is really neat for teachers and students alike. The app unfolds the Civil War as if you were actually living through the event. The user will experience original documents, photos, maps, and newspaper articles as the war unfolds day by day. This app is loaded with extras to be explored like the "A Day in the Life" function that allows the user to read actual diary entries from over 15 different individuals as they experienced the war.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Today in History
Publisher:  Manuel Zamora
Available For:  iPad, iPhone, iTouch, Android
Cost:  Lite version free, Full version $1.99
Review:  Very cool app! The depth of information is great. It gives you famous events for years upon years as well as famous births, deaths, and holiday/observances. We use this daily for history class to construct our "This Day in History" board and the kids love the information that we are able to pull off of here.
Submitted By:  Tyler Belew, Hamilton City Schools
Review:  This app is a great way to begin any social studies or history class.  As soon as you open the app, you are shown multiple historical events that happened on that day.
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Today's Document
Publisher:  National Archives and Records
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  There is no better way to study history than using the primary sources that historians use to put together the story we teach our students. Today's Document is a free app that randomly pulls primary sources from the National Archives database. This app is a great way to teach students how to analyze primary sources. In addition to giving you a new document each day, you can also use the browse feature to go to previous documents or use the surprise me tab and get a random document. Anyway you choose, students will gain exposure to high quality primary source documents. This is a must for any history teacher.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  US Constitution
Publisher:  Android Development Project
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:   This app features the full, unedited version of the US Constitution. It includes the ability to search ratification dates, biographies of the signers, a Constitution timeline, the Declaration of Independence, Mayflower Compact, failed amendments, and much much more! Students can quickly and easily locate important information from the Constitution, like the powers of Congress.  Allows for quick research on the Framers as well as the roots of our government. Students could use the app to begin a project that examines the Bill of Rights as well.
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title: United States History
Publisher:   MTC Apps
Available For:  Android
Cost: Lite version free, Full version $.99
Review: Great resource for all of your History needs.  Application includes information on Constitution (broken down by article), Bill of Rights, A Summary of Presidents, Important Documents, Flag Code, The Star Spangled Banner, The Pledge of Allegiance, Articles of Confederation, and The States.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: U.S. Geography by Discovery Education
Publisher: Phunware, Inc
Available For:  iPad, iTouch, iPhone
Cost:  $6.99
Review:   In my opinion this app is the best for teaching and learning geography. It does carry a hefty $6.99 price tag, but learning geography has never been so much fun. Discovery has outdone itself with this app, not only does this app provide geography study application, but it also contains games, videos, and the ability to play competitions against friends in geography challenges. The app is divided into seven geographic regions with six categories to explore per region. Some of the categories to explore are: bodies of water, culture, and climate.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: U.S. Historical Documents
Publisher: Standard Works LLC
Available For:  Android, iPad, iPhone, iTouch
Cost:  $.99 - $1.99, Pro version $4.99
Review:   Own the greatest collection of U.S. historical documents ever assembled for a handheld device - you can search, annotate, bookmark, and even highlight words! U.S. Historical Documents contains hundreds of the most influential documents in U.S. history.  Collection includes articles from different centuries (to present day).
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Virtual History Roma
Publisher:  Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:   Hands down the best app for teaching Rome! Virtual ROMA takes students to Ancient Rome like never before and allows the class to immerse themselves in a panoramic experience that can only be described as breathtaking. Anything and everything teachers can imagine is at their fingertips with this app from digital reconstructions of Roman statues to a full 3-D rendered Gladiator that can be rotated 360 degrees. This app is far too amazing to pass up if you are teaching Ancient Rome.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: World Atlas HD
Publisher:  National Geographic Society
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $1.99
Review:  Browse the world with this amazing 3D interactive globe.  Students can view the continents and then zoom in to detailed maps to find their school or house.  There is a Flags and Facts database that contains lots of information about the nations and territories.  You can even tap and hold a place on the globe to get lots of data about that location.  Additional maps are available to be downloaded for free within the app that can be used offline.  Your students will love this interactive way to study geography!
Submitted By:  Deb Tschirhart, SOITA
Review:  Perfect for a geography classroom.  Students can explore the world using these 3D interactive maps.  The app features a "Flag & Facts" page by simply clicking on the location.  A fun, interactive way to engage students with all the information found in an atlas. 
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  World HD Atlas & Factbook
Publisher: Opicury Software
Available For:  iPad, iPhone, iTouch
Cost:  $2.99
Review:  The World HD Atlas and Factbook has the best of both worlds: access to lots of maps and the largest world fact book. So while you are looking at any map you want to access, questions that come up can be answered with the fact book. The interface is animated and interactive so navigation isn't a problem and student's can use this app for geography lessons. All maps are high resolution, so the detail on each map is amazing and easily readable.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title:
World Book - This Day in History
Publisher:  Software MacKiev
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   This free app is loaded with information!  Each day you will see events along with any related media including photos, illustrations, music, and speeches.  You can also select a specific day to discover events for that date.  This is a great tool for elementary teachers to share bits of information with the class. 
Submitted By:  Deb Tschirhart, SOITA