Teachers with interactive whiteboards or projectors in the classroom will find this atlas particularly useful as part of a whole-class discussion. You can share a particular part of the world with students, marking key locations as part of a history lesson or sharing information about a country in a foreign language class. It would also be a handy tool for framing the setting and background of a piece of literature in an ELA classroom.Continue reading Show less
Kids open National Geographic World Atlas to reveal a spinning globe that places the world at their fingertips. From there, they may choose from four different map styles, zoom in to find a favorite place, or use the search feature to locate a specific city. A location detector also helps kids pinpoint exactly where they are on the globe. Once kids have found a place, they can read facts about the country and capital city, as well as view local weather information and an annual temperature chart. Kids can also place pins on the map, color-coded by categories such as places they've visited, places they wish to visit, or a customized description. Aside from the ability to zoom in and out, quickly find places by searching, and pin locations, the look and feel of the app doesn't differ much from a traditional atlas.
Kids can quickly zoom in from a large-scale map of the world to a more localized map, allowing them to build critical part-whole relationships. The pinning feature -- though not very robust -- is probably the app's best offering. With it, students can make their own connections to places on the globe by creating custom, color-coded pin lists. However, the app lacks in-depth information about cities and geographic regions, which means kids may quickly decide to search elsewhere.
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.