Hey, There’s an App for That!

Yesterday, Discovery Education hit the iTunes App store with U.S. Geography by Discovery Education. The app is intended for 5th grade students studying U.S. Geography in the classroom, but is enjoyable and informative for people of all ages.

Available through the App Store, the U.S. Geography by Discovery Education app offers educators and students videos, knowledge-based challenges and games, all aligned to national education standards.

The app is divided into 7 geographic regions (Pacific, Mountain, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Mid Atlantic, and New England) with 6 categories per region (region overview, bodies of water, culture, climate, landforms and major cities). Achievements are earned by completing activities which correspond the regions to their categories (i.e., Pacific Region Bodies of Water). Once activities are competed, users compete for the highest score in the challenges section.

U.S. Geography by Discovery Education challenges users to earn 126 unique achievements as well as daily medallions every week.

U.S. Geography by Discovery Education is now available for download:



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  1. Ann Marie Bishop said:

    This is awesome, but is there going to be a way for teachers to use it in the classroom? iPod touches and iPhones are not accessible in my classroom. This is our new grade level content for fifth grade beginning next year!!! Discovery has done so much for science, and this is an excellent way to get moving towards social studies!!! Hopefully it will be accessible via internet like Discovery Science!

  2. Cindy Hamilton said:

    I have the same issue as Ann. iPod touches and iPhones are not accessible in my school. I know the Social Studies teachers would really like to use this with their classes. They would only be able to do so on their computers or interactive white boards. Will those options be available?

  3. Meg Griffin said:

    Sounds awesome. I will be piloting new curriculum next year that covers the regions of the US. We are a iLess school so I too will look to use on Windows.

  4. Cindy D said:

    I really like gaming aspect allowing users to compete for highest scores in the challenges section. This would be especially useful for my upper level students who are always looking for a challenge. The competition aspect is intriguing to students.
    But, if this application is only available for iPod and iPhone my students won’t be able to use it.
    I noticed there are comments about mistakes on some of the maps, I too wonder if there will be updated versions available.

  5. Porter Palmer said:

    Although there are schools that do not allow students to use their hand held devices in class, there are schools/districts that do. Hopefully some of your students or their parents have iPhones or iPods.
    As with most iPhone apps that I have downloaded, updates are made available as they are developed.

  6. Download said:

    Very informative article thank you so much for posting Porter. I really appreciate it 🙂

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