Beyond Textbooks 2010: American History Games
By Pearson Education, Inc.
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This application helps students connect to the Social Studies content that they are about to learn through fun interactive games. The games are designed to get students warmed up and ready to learn.
For each chapter, students can play a mini-game: "Say What?" or "Clues to the Past" that has them interact with Virginia’s Essential Questions. When they complete all the topics, students unlock a bonus game: "Whacky History" or "History Hunter" that reinforces the concepts introduced in each chapter.
What's New in Version 1.1.0
Updated games and content.
Lite version now available with free sample content.
Nice Interface But Little Educational Value
While I give Pearson credit for creating a flashy iPad app that kids will gravitate towards, I found the game-playing to be void of any significant learning. Pearson did not do a good job in linking gaming with educational goals. I too found myself more focused on trying to win the game and paying little attention to the educational importance of the information that was being presented. As a person who enjoys history and was not engaged, I don't see how kids will be engaged at all and as such the time spent on this app would be time wasted. As the VP of Technology for an educational services company, I am very interested in finding new and engaging ways to deliver historical content to today's digital youth and was hoping to find more educational value from this series of apps than I did. I applaud Pearson for trying but this app falls short on educational value.
Sad for Pearson
… Only two chapters are available?
… If I regiester I get 5 Chapters?
… After spending millions of dollars on the actual book you can't just ask for an ISBN or some select words on various pages?
… Is Virginia's American History different than other states? (Well okay maybe they want it to be j/k!)
… and REALLY a textbook app that has NOT had an update for almost 2 years.
Do yourselves (and us) a PR favor and take your apps down!
And to the Apple Store - How does this get a Rated 4+ when there are 10 1 star and 6 5 star ratings? Or is "Rated" different than Ratings?
Not sure the games are the best way to learn for the same reason I don't watch wheel of fortune. I feel more focused on winning than learning.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Oct 21, 2010
- Version: 1.1.0
- Size: 13.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Pearson Education, Inc. (Curriculum Group)
- © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.