Teacher Review For Barefoot World Atlas

An interactive encloypedia of with a focus on geography and cultural studies

Nate S.
Technology coordinator
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My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 2
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Small group
Whole class
How I Use It
To be honest, I never even considered this app for use in a classroom setting. It does not provide goals for students to meet nor does the application have any real objective to it aside from being more of a reference material. I believe this could be used in conjunction with other tools as a part of a group project based on geography but its usefulness as instruction or individual work or student driven work is very questionable. I guess the audio narration could be useful in a larger class experience but it turns the app into more of a educational movie which I don't think is really the best way to use this app.
My Take
I think for group projects at the high school level this could be very useful as a reference point for students to design projects based on different cultures but its not a simulation nor does it have enough engaging aspects to make it interesting for younger students. It's a better alternative to using a encyclopedia when looking at geography and international studies and that's all I can really say about it as a educational tool.