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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. 

Explore Interactive Multimedia and Games

Google Earth
Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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National Geographic Education Visit Website: http://www.natgeoed.org
Explore the fascinating, wide world with multimedia resources
Grades 2-10
Type Website
Price Free
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Oddizzi Visit Website: http://www.oddizzi.com/
Kids travel the world, cultivate global curiosity and responsibility
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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Expeditions Publisher: Google Inc
Fire up the warp drive to bring VR field trips to your classroom
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Geoguessr Visit Website: https://geoguessr.com/
"Just one more turn" gameplay jazzes up geography
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Geocaching Visit Website: http://www.geocaching.com
Leave and locate hidden packages in a real-world treasure hunt
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Historypin Visit Website: http://www.historypin.com
Crowdsourcing is key to making history accessible, approachable
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Get Lost in Atlases and Maps

Maps101 Visit Website: http://www.maps101.com
Maps and more in this vast history, geography, and civics resource
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try
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StrataLogica Publisher: Herff Jones
High-quality customizable maps help students understand their world
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
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Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book Publisher: Vito Technology
Dazzling look at the world via an interactive atlas
Grades 5-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Google Maps Publisher: Google
Cool extras bolster top navigation app
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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American Panorama Visit Website: http://dsl.richmond.edu/panorama/
Interactive atlas magnifies events in United States history
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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National Geographic World Atlas Publisher: National Geographic Society
Traditional reference tool gets digital upgrade but could do more
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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