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14 Good Social Studies Apps for Teachers and Students

January 20, 2014
I have done some searching and curated this list containing some new apps that students and teachers of social studies can use in their class. Check them out and share with us what you think of them. 


1- Revolutionaries of The Past Century

100 years of history's revolutionaries and social movements are laid out in this iPad app that lets you draw connections to the past. Explore a revolutionary leader individually, or discover their connections to a movement and how it changed the course of history.

The States is an educational app for all ages that teaches you more about the United States via exploring the shaping of the land, from the Original Thirteen to the Fifty States of today. In addition, you have access to every presidential election, through both maps and description popups. Not only is the app free, but no Internet connection is required to access the content. 

The app offers beautiful imagery, video, and information through an interactive, zoomable timeline showcasing artwork, weapons, clothing, objects, and manuscripts from the Center’s collection. Image captions and video podcasts provide an overview of key milestones of the American Revolution.

4- Congressional Moments

Congressional Moments explores key legislation that still impacts our lives today, including child labor, civil rights, the SEC, the National Park Service, the Marshall Plan and women's suffrage. Learn about the difference between primary and secondary sources by taking the interactive quiz.

5- Atlas

See the world in context with Atlas by Collins™ through nine themed globes. The latest update includes a store function, allowing you to download new globes and remove others.

6- Tap Quiz Maps World Edition

Play TapQuiz™ Maps for an easy and quick way to master geography. Learn the countries of the world through a fun and engaging game! Just tap the answer to each question on the map. Keep track of your progress through the statistics page so that you will always know where you can improve. See how much you can learn in just 10 minutes!

8- To Be Free

Americans reacted to the Emancipation Proclamation in different ways. With Changing America: To Be Free, you can discover firsthand accounts of individual circumstances and reactions.

9- Today's Document

Explore American history with 365 of the most fascinating documents and photos from the collections of the US National Archives. Today's Document is an interactive gallery that displays a significant historical document or photo for each day of the year


10- Manifest Destiny

This fun, interactive app filled with voices from the past and present allows the user to move all the figures out of Gast’s painting, learning more about the American West and Manifest Destiny as each figure is dragged back into the painting.


11- National Archives docs Teach

Engage in activities that will help you make sense of stories, events, and ideas of the past using documents from the holdings of the US National Archives. Choose an historical topic and challenge yourself with an activity. Or, find activities in a classroom set up just for you, using the code provided to you from the DocsTeach.org web site.

12- History

This History app allows you to :

  • Watch full episodes and clips of your favorite HISTORY series including Pawn Stars, Vikings, American Pickers, Swamp People and many more.
  • Create a customized Watchlist of your favorite shows.
  • See exclusive clips from HISTORY shows, never before shown on television.
  • Explore the Topics section for a selection of clips about the most fascinating categories of history

13- Stack The States Lite

Stack the States™ makes learning about the 50 states fun! Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game! As you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level.

14- World Book

This Day in History for iPad is an interactive multimedia calendar that displays historical events for the current day or any selected day, along with related media such as photos, illustrations, music, and speeches. You can hear the national anthems of countries on the day they became a nation, listen to presidents’ speeches on the anniversaries of their inaugurations, and play sound clips from famous artists on their birthdays.