eographia, an iPad app for teaching US states and capitals, has been selected by Apple as a "staff favorite".  The app was designed and built by CILAT in the College of Education. 

Some of CILAT's other designs include HydroViz and RiggleFish.

"Our goal was to focus on some basic knowledge that kids need to learn in K-12, the US states and capitals, but to make it a little more fun and engaging," said CILAT Director Doug Williams.  "We started on this in the Summer of 2010, and four of us here and in Texas collaborated on it.  The artist is Margaret Paine from Austin, and she provided us will hand painted artwork, consisting of pastels on canvas.  The other contributors are Stacy Crochet, Yuxin Ma, and myself."

Behind the scenes in Geographia is Mungo, the world’s most experienced avian explorer. This one-of-a-kind bird introduces learners to his bird’s-eye view of the United States of America making learning the states and capitals both fun and engaging.

Read the ultoday.com interview with the CILAT staff here.

 

Description from the Apple App Store

This beautifully constructed app with all original hand painted art will help children learn the U.S. states and capitals. Behind the scenes in Geographia is Mungo, the world’s most experienced avian explorer. This one-of-a-kind bird introduces learners to his bird’s-eye view of the United States of America making learning the states and capitals both fun and engaging.

Geographia Features

  • States and capitals are grouped into eight manageable regions to facilitate learning. Each region takes a few minutes to learn or practice. Using Geographia on a mobile device allows learners to practice states and capitals anytime anywhere when they have a few minutes to spare. Frequent practice improves memorization. States are drawn in a range of colors so they will be easier to identify.
  • Audio instructions are used to guide the child through Geographia.
  • Learning is divided into two phases: Explore and Challenge. Explore enables the child to associate a state’s name or capital with its shape and location. Challenge invites them to test their knowledge for a region.
  • Rewards are given when a region is mastered.
  • Geographia supports multiple player accounts.
  • The child and parent (or teacher) can view the overall progress of the learner, which includes level mastery, completion times, and much more. Attempt data is grouped into charts and graphs for parents and teachers to assess the child’s progress. They can also view the list of states and capitals the learner has mastered in each attempt.

How to Use Geographia

  • Attend to the shape of each state as a visual cue.
  • Listen to the state names as an auditory cue.
  • Practice each region several times until reaching 100% accuracy. Revisit the region in a day or two.

What's New in Version 1.1

  • Now displays a success message on completion of states and capitals
  • Added textual descriptions for each bird in Mungo's bird house
  • Added audio feedback for noting correct/incorrect selection of a state or capital in challenge mode
  • Added options to allow for enabling/disabling audio feedback in challenge mode
  • Improvements to graphics
  • Expanded bird house to allow for addition of future content
  • Bug fixes and optimizations 

 

 


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