New Research-Backed Geography App for Young Learners - Available in Time for the Holidays
Reach the World (RTW), a global education nonprofit, has released a new geography learning app, GeoGames, on iOS and Android platforms. The app is based on research by Dr. Susan Lowes at Columbia University Teachers College, funded by the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. RTW will offer both a free and paid version of the app. ZuriApps, a socially-minded mobile development house, has built the app. Sales of GeoGames directly support scholarships for disadvantaged youth.
By: Reach the World
Available in Time for the Holidays
NEW YORK, December 21, 2014 – Reach the World (RTW) has released a new geography learning app, GeoGames, on iOS and Android platforms. RTW offers both a free and paid version of the app. The free version allows users to “Build Planet Earth” by testing their knowledge of continents, oceans and other geographic features. The paid version allows users to further hone their mapping skills by adding countries, cities and other features. RTW is a New York City-based nonprofit dedicated to providing global education and mentoring programs for youth.
A Research-Backed App
GeoGames is the result of a five-year research study led by Reach the World and Dr. Susan Lowes at Teachers College, Columbia University. The National Geographic Society Education Foundation funded the project. This study identified six key concepts that young learners need to become proficient in world geography: the concept of the map frame; the shape and placement of objects in the map; the orientation of these objects; the spatial relationships among them; the nesting of objects within objects; and the scale of the different objects. GeoGames is designed to help young learners master these concepts.
GeoGames brings geography learning into the 21st Century via a play-to-learn approach. Traditional methods of geography learning are largely based upon memorization and may be discriminatory toward children who have low reading levels. With GeoGames, children can play and learn complex geographic concepts; reading skills are not required. “GeoGames is both fun and tied to educational outcomes,” says Heather Halstead, Reach the World’s Executive Director. “Drag-
App Sales Support Scholarships and New Themes
Sales of Reach the World’s GeoGames directly support scholarships for disadvantaged youth. In the future, RTW plans to develop new games featuring human and physical geography themes.
ZuriApps: Socially-Minded Mobile Development
www.ZuriApps.com is a socially-minded mobile development house that builds apps for businesses, startups and charities. ZuriApps believes that technology can be a force for good when placed in the right hands. For this reason, ZuriApps reinvests 50 percent of its profits into helping charities such as RTW meet their technology needs.
All GeoGames sales support scholarships for disadvantaged youth to experience Reach the World’s global programming.
iOS $0.99 Version: http://itunes.apple.com/
Android $0.99 Version: https://play.google.com/
Support Reach the World's scholarship fund tied to the release of GeoGames: http://fnd.us/