iPads in Education – Enhancing student learning by Lynda Cutting


Learn about the world via a book or create your own? There are so many ways the  iPad can make geography fascinating.


Topia is a world creation simulation app. Using your fingers you can  shape your own planet  create mountains, valleys, rivers, and oceans. Watch trees grow and create thousands of animals – your own planet, what a way to learn about landforms.



Transparent Earth

You have to see this to believe it – this Augmented Reality App lets you see what is on the other side of the earth – just point and there it is – a great way to learn about location and direction.



Sunseeker Lite

This augmented reality app uses the camera to show the sun’s path at hourly intervals, its winter and summer solstice paths, rise and set times and shows the  solar direction for each daylight hour.



Fotopedia Heratige

Created with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, this app was recently selected as one of the top 50 apps of all time in Apple’s new Hall of Fame. It has more than 30,000 stunning photos- learn about the natural and man made world.



Google Earth

An old favourite – and perfect for the iPad. Just rotate the Earth with your finger..”Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more.”


Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 2.08.28 PMScribble Maps

With this site students can zoom in to any place on the planet and access maps with they can annotate with words and symbols and add overlays. The maps can then be saved and shared or embedded in a blog. While this isn’t an actual app the site works beautifully on the iPad and can be save to the home screen.


Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 2.14.38 PMNational Geographic Map Maker Interactive

Like Scribble Maps this is a website rather than an app but works beautifully in the iPad. You can still annotate and highlight features, place marks, add captions and layer information but this site also lets you measure distances.


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