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Middle and High School Geography Apps and Websites

Geography is concerned with people, places, and the complex relationships between us and our physical environments. As students explore more of the planet, they will begin to think critically about the issues and problems affecting their communities and begin learning how to be a good global citizen. Choose from this mix of geo-picks that'll help older students learn more about the U.S. and the world and use that knowledge to make and share their own maps. 

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Google Earth

Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications

Bottom line: Google Earth offers less functionality than the PC version but still thrills.

National Geographic Education

Explore the fascinating, wide world with multimedia resources

Bottom line: It's a wonderful resource for anyone looking to learn more about science, geography, ecology, current events -- basically, the world we live in.


Fire up the warp drive to bring VR field trips to your classroom

Bottom line: With stunning scenes and a flexible delivery method, your students will thank you for journeying together through space and time.


Kids travel the world, cultivate global curiosity and responsibility

Bottom line: Kids get a sense of culture and global responsibility via kid-friendly articles and great multimedia.

Google Earth VR

Explore the world with an incredible new perspective and sense of scale

Bottom line: An amazing experience that brings the world to life, despite the heavy investment in VR required.


"Just one more turn" gameplay jazzes up geography

Bottom line: It's not a typical educational game, but students are inspired to explore the world and encouraged to think critically about what defines culture and geography.

Seterra Geography

Drill geography facts with oddly compelling, no-frills app

Bottom line: A basic but useful way to drill and memorize geography basics.


Leave and locate hidden packages in a real-world treasure hunt

Bottom line: Kids learn problem-solving, teamwork, and mapping skills, but the site doesn’t provide instruction or explanations for most of those topics; educators will have to fill in the gaps.


Crowdsourcing is key to making history accessible, approachable

Bottom line: Historypin is an engaging tool to get kids interested in the history of their community and the world.

Get Lost in Atlases and Maps


Maps and more in this vast history, geography, and civics resource

Bottom line: A well-rounded selection of helpful classroom and research materials; better organization would help kids navigate the site with ease.


High-quality customizable maps help students understand their world

Bottom line: This map app takes time to learn to use but offers both teachers and students highly useful tools for creating custom maps and interactive social studies and science presentations.

Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book

Dazzling look at the world via an interactive atlas

Bottom line: Credible resource for introducing students to the world, which is likely to encourage them to research areas of interest further.

Google Maps

Cool extras bolster top navigation app

Bottom line: Google Maps is an essential navigation tool that can empower students to explore their world.

American Panorama

Interactive atlas magnifies events in United States history

Bottom line: With layers of learning opportunities, this is a unique interactive resource to supplement curriculum.

National Geographic World Atlas

Traditional reference tool gets digital upgrade but could do more

Bottom line: It offers a little more than a traditional atlas and may prove easier to navigate, but it won't offer much excitement.

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