About the Apps
The App Store is definitely lacking in the government and civic app department for elementary-aged kids. Lucky for you, we have done some digging and found five of the very best!
The shining star apps contain great, engaging gameplay and quality educational content. In order to keep kids of this age dialed in, the app's overall function and feel has to be both strategic and rewarding. The most worthy apps require students to learn on the fly and apply the content knowledge to their mission. Kids are then given feedback, and will be able to moderate their learning through this feedback.
Our clear favorite is Pocket Law Firm. This app combines great educational content with a rich learning experience. Kids are engaged in beginning their own law firm and then taking on clients. The more cases they win, the more they have to grow their law firm. While kids are playing, they get immediate feedback on their decisions to match up cases with lawyers who specialize in certain rights. The educational content in this game is solid, and comes from the trusted civic education source, iCivics. Dare we mention that this app comes at the bargain price of free!
Dan Rusell-Pinson is an app developer who is well known for many educational titles including Rocket Physics, Stack The States, and Mathmateer. Dan does not disappoint in his app Presidents vs. Aliens. In this app students will have a blast learning about the presidents through quizzes and interactive bonus games. Kids also get a rewarding experience blasting aliens after getting a correct answer to each question, and at $0.99 this app is out of this world!
Kids can bolster their knowledge of the presidents and the presidential selection process through Disney’s American Presidents and Election: Run For President. The app offers a rich learning experience but lacks in assessment. Be warned, American Presidents will certainly not save you space on your iPad as it comes in at over 1GB. Still, it is one one of the most kid-friendly apps reviewed in this category!
Election: Run For President is an app that we would suggest for the upper elementary student, as this app does require more advanced reading and critical thinking skills. Kids who play it will come away with a deeper understanding of the electoral college and presidential race strategy.
As educators, we love the physical Kids Discover magazine, and have nothing but great things to say about their interactive version of Washington D.C. by KIDS DISCOVER. Readers will be engaged in a rich multimedia experience as they learn about our nation’s capital.
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How are apps scored?
Apps are scored using a proprietary evaluation rubric to judge Educational Content, Kid Appeal, Assessment, Features and Design, Value, and Safety and Privacy.