With the US presidential election in high gear, you may be having (heated) discussions at the dinner table about the candidates. But if you want to teach your children about the US presidents, or learn about them yourself, check out these apps that make learning fun!
Britannica Kids US Presidents
This app by Encyclopædia Britannica and MEDL Mobile makes learning about US presidents fun. The app is filled with high quality images and interesting trivia facts about the presidents, the White House and other historical information. The app is engaging both visually and audibly. This app reads the text aloud and can even teach you the words to “Hail to the Chief,” just in case you didn’t know the lyrics already.
The app has different sections:
- Did You Know? – with fun facts and pictures
- Presidents - with portraits of each president along with information such as vice-president, first lady, birthday, and fun facts
- Song - Hail to the Chief with highlighted lyrics
- Quiz - test your knowledge of the presidents
Navigating through the sections is easy with a menu bar that appears at the bottom of the screen.
Words are read aloud so the app can be used not only to help your children learn about US presidents, but also to improve their reading skills. There is no Settings menu in the app so if the words being read aloud bothers you, just turn down the volume on your device.
Britannica Kids US Presidents is currently unavailable in the iTunes App Store.
Basher Presidents is an app developed by Cauldron children’s illustrator Simon Basher, children’s book publisher Toucan and software developer Cauldron. I was provided with a promo code for testing the app.
The app is designed to teach kids about apps in an animated, illustrated app, complete with sound effects. The app is divided into sections:
- Washington’s Post – the app’s home page
- Secrets and Facts – fun trivia about the presidents
- Presidential Challenge - a timed game
- Basher Kids Vote – vote for your favorite candidate
In Secrets and Facts, you can learn about presidents in order or scroll through the timeline to jump to different presidents. The section is a mix of history and fun facts.
The Presidential Challenge tests your knowledge of the order in which the presidents served. The game has three difficulty levels as well as instructions on how to play. If you get stuck, you can click on the question mark in the upper right corner to get a hint. The app keeps track of your game stats so you can try to beat your best score and time.
Basher Kids Vote lets people vote anonymously. You pick your state and then pick your candidate, Obama or Romney (no third party candidates are included). You then swipe the lever to register your vote.
The app then offers you to participate in its exit poll. You add your age, gender and most important issue. You again swipe the lever to register your vote.
Both the voting and the exit poll include a link to the Basher Kids Vote website so you can see the results. If you want your child not to exit the app and get on the web, put your device in Airplane mode before launching the app (Settings => Airplane Mode => On).
If you don’t want to get the app, but want to see the voting results, head to Basher Kids Vote to see both the Electoral College and popular voting results. You can also explore the data, including voting by state, gender, age group and important issues.
Basher Presidents is available for $1.99 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store. There are no ads in the app, though there is a link to purchase the Basher US Presidents book.
US Presidents Quiz
Test your knowledge of US presidents with this quiz app from Mobiloids. The app shows you pictures of US presidents and you have to identify them. The quiz may seem easy for famous and recent presidents, but gets more difficult with the less well-known presidents. In case this quiz strikes fear in your heart, take comfort in the multiple choice format – you can only go so wrong!
You have thirty seconds to identify pictures of US presidents. The game adds five seconds for each correct answer and deducts three seconds for each wrong answer.
When you open the app, you’re greeted with a rousing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” When you take the quiz, you hear bells for the correct answer and a buzzer for the wrong answers. After the quiz is complete, you hear music that will make you think you’re on a game show. In the Options section you can turn of the music and sounds if you want a more quiet quiz experience.
US Presidents Quiz is free for Android devices at Google Play. Ads appear at the bottom of the screen and there is a section called More Games that takes you to the Google Play store.
Make learning about the US presidents fun with apps!
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