Social Studies Apps to Use with Middle School Students

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Below is a collection of some useful iPad apps curated specifically for middle school students. These are apps students can use to learn and enrich their knowledge about a wide variety of topics related to social studies from exploring the wonders of our planet to learning about historical events through interactive content. Links to the apps are under the visual. For social studies apps for elementary students, check out this post.

12 Good Social Studies Apps for Middle School Students

1- Barefoot World Atlas
‘Barefoot World Atlas puts the world at your children’s fingertips! With this incredible app, anyone can fly around the magical, interactive 3D globe and discover the rich wonders of our planet. ’

2- Geo Walk: World Factbook & Natural Science for Kid
‘Geo Walk is a world fact book about animals, plants, historical events,famous people and inventions. All articles can be explored in a fun way by traveling across the globe and learning where the building is, or where the natural habitat of an animal is, or where a famous person lived…’

3- Geography Drive USA
‘Hit the road in the awesome traveling trivia challenge loaded with family fun! From state capitals to US landmarks and key historic events, Geography Drive USA packs 800 important facts into one amazing adventure with surprises around ever bend.’

4- National Geographic World Atlas (no longer working)
‘Curious about a place in the news, looking for a trusted source of information for a school project, or just want to spin the globe and explore? The Atlas puts the world at your fingertips.’

5- The World Factbook for iPad (no longer working)
‘The complete CIA World Factbook at your fingertips, including extensive information on more than 250 countries and locations throughout the world. Whether you're an avid traveler, a busy student, or someone who just likes to stay informed, this is the app for you!’

6- Geography Quiz Game 2017
‘Looking for a fun quiz you can take together with your friends? Look no further! Get Geography Quiz Game – Multiplayer and organize tournaments with your friends! Gather around your iPad and let the games begin!’

7- TimeTours: Uxmal
‘TimeTours is not just a typical guidebook. Instead, this virtual trip through time brings the past back to life using modern 3D reconstructions.’

8- Mission US: Think Fast! About the Past
‘Test your knowledge of history as you race against the clock! Featuring characters from the online role-playing adventure game Mission US, Think Fast! About the Past is a fast-paced trivia game that introduces hundreds of fascinating facts about different eras of American history.’

9- Earth 3D - Amazing Atlas
‘This interactive 3D globe features wonders of the world, political and physical maps, and weather. Discover a lot of fascinating facts and useful information about our planet! Original and colorful graphics, user-friendly interface and accurate information – this is what Earth 3D - Amazing Atlas is all about!’

10- Stack the Countries
‘Stack the Countries makes learning about the world fun! Watch the countries actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game!’

11- WORLD BOOK - This Day in History for iPad
‘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.’

12- News-O-Matic, Daily Reading for Kids
‘News-O-Matic covers relevant news of the day in an engaging way, exploring its many facets through images, maps, videos, and games. Whether your interest is sports, science, world news, or wacky events, News-O-Matic delivers what’s making the news! It offers a window to the world and beyond helping readers become global citizens!’