Teacher Review For Britannica Kids: Ancient Rome

A pocket encyclopedia on ancient Rome...but not much more

Lynn S.
Dean of Student Life
The Montclair Kimberley Academy
Montclair, NJ
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My Grades 6
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with General
How I Use It

The Ancient Rome app seems to have little practical application in the classroom.

As a pocket reference it provides a wealth of easy-to-navigate information on ancient Rome, but the additional features add little to its educational value.

Other than its portability,

it has no advantages over the many high-quality sites on ancient Rome that are available for free online.

My Take

The Britannica Kids: Ancient Rome app is well organized and easy to use.

The heart of the app is a collection of articles on a variety of topics relating to ancient Rome, including the Republic, the Caesars, gladiators, art and architecture and mythology. These articles are well written and go into more depth than one would expect for a phone app.

Key words are linked to definitions, but there are no links within the articles to direct the reader to additional information within the app or on the web. Each article is accompanied by a set of images with nicely informative captions.

There is also an A-Z catalog on the Roman gods. The rest of the application seems mostly superfluous: images can be turned into jigsaw, magic square or matching puzzles.

A handful of images are linked to their locations on a map, and a ten-question quiz hardly seems worth the trouble.