Below is a list of the top Kindle Fire Educational apps that I use in my intermediate classroom for social studies. My students love the opportunity to use the devices! If you are interested in any of the apps for your android device, simply click on the picture and it will take you to amazon.com where you can download them for either FREE or a small fee.
Each app is rated based on a 5 "flame" system.
1 flame = app was terrible, never want to use again
2 flames = app was OK, but didn't find it worthwhile
3 flames = app was somewhat useful
4 flames = app was useful and fun5 flames = app was amazing! Want to use it all the time!
Kids Maps: This app provides students with a chance to place the 50 states onto a United States map by simply touching the state and dragging it to the appropriate area on the map. You can change the settings for sound and music as well. This is an excellent tool for students to review where the 50 states are located. RATING: 5 out of 5 flames! The app is $1.99.
U.S. Presidents: This app provides a visual picture of each U.S. President along with information such as: the president's birth and death (if applicable), political party, term in office, vice president, and some trivia. There are options to just learn about the presidents, take a quiz, and even link up through wikipedia if connected to the internet to learn more about each president. This is a great resource for students to learn more about the Presidents of the United States. RATING: 4 out of 5 flames. The app is FREE.
50 States: This app helps students learn more about the 50 states. It provides information for each state such as: when it was admitted to the union, the area, state bird, capital city, state flower, highest point, largest city, and population to name a few. It also has a function where there is a quiz that students could take based on the above categories. There is also a United States map in which you can click on a state and get the information as well. RATING: 4 out of 5 flames. The app is FREE.
Geo Quiz: This is an app for students who would like a challenge in categories such as: countries and flags, capital cities of the world, oceans/rivers/lakes, mountains and peaks, forests/deserts/plains, extremes, the big picture, the great explorers, climate change, and food. There is also the option of mixing the categories into a random choice of 20 questions. The quizzes are difficult, but so much can be learned from the answers that are shared. The app is FREE.
As more social studies apps become available for the Kindle Fire we will be rating and adding them to this blog post as well.
Make sure to check out our other blog posts about using the Kindle Fire in the classroom and for future ratings too!