Teacher Review For MapMaster - Geography game

MapMaster is an engaging way to learn and reinforce geography studies

Elizabeth E.
Classroom teacher
Isidore Newman School
New Orleans, LA
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My Grades 6
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
General
Special needs
How I Use It
As a sixth grade social studies teacher, I would encourage my students to use MapMaster as one of their study tools for their states and capitals test and to review the states and capitals throughout the year. Users can also choose to play against up to ten friends, which could encourage some friendly competition in small groups in the classroom. The only issue I see with this is that there are plenty of resources available online that offer the same features and accomplish the same goals at no charge.
My Take
MapMaster is an inexpensive Android app that offers a variety of geography games. Users can choose from capitals games or "other." Capitals games are offered for all continents. "Other" includes "favorite places" around the world or major cities in the United States. A pinch zoom is used to drop a pin on each of the locations, and there is a 25 second limit to each challenge in each game. Point values are assigned, depending on how close the user drops the pin to the actual target. The games are very engaging and are very helpful to learn new geography or reinforce current geography knowledge. The only critique of this product is that the pinch zoom and navigation features are not particularly smooth. I was playing on a Kindle Fire, so that could differ, depending on device. This app could be helpful to social studies teachers instructing students in both U.S. and world geography, although the U.S. capitals is the most structured and would be easiest for teachers to assign to students with confidence.