Teacher Review for Brain Cafe GeoQuiz

This app poses great trivia questions but lacks curricular connections.

Elizabeth E.
Classroom teacher
Isidore Newman School
New Orleans, United States
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My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
How I Use It
This app was really only useful for early finishers or super-curious students. It would also be useful to prepare students for a geography bee, which I will try next year. The questions are interesting, and students can choose categories, such as "Mountains and Peaks" or "Climate Change." After each question, whether a student answers correctly or incorrectly, a short blurb pops up, explaining the answer and providing further information. There is no way to tailor the questions to fit the curriculum, which is why I didn't find it useful as a full class activity or as a required assignment.
My Take
The design is very professional and visually appealing, and the variety of trivia categories is broad. There is even a "Food" category, which piqued my students' interest. It's nice that it is an iPhone / iPad app and is quick to play, so it can be accessed quickly and shut down just as quickly. If my course were more geography-specific, this app would be more relevant for my students; it could be particularly useful to a cultural geography course. The main drawback I see is that there is no option for teachers to customize questions to fit content addressed in class. Additionally, there is no option for teachers to monitor their students' progress. GeoQuiz is similar to Freerice.com, which is a trivia game that also provides a community service, so I'd be inclined to steer my students to that website over Brain Cafe's GeoQuiz. Overall, this is an entertaining trivia game that students can play individually for extra practice or to satisfy their geographical and cultural curiosities.