Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Presidents

Price: $3.99
Grade Recommendation: 2nd and up
Subject: Social Studies
Specific Skill: U. S. History
Levels: N/A
Players: N/A
For iPad, iPod, or Both: iPad

This app is a must-have for any classroom that studies even a small portion of United States history! An aesthetically-pleasing timeline runs across the bottom of the app when you open it. The timeline begins in 1789 with The American Constitution and ends with the presidency of Barack Obama (listed as 2009 - 2013).

The title is quite misleading. It certainly covers all 44 U. S. Presidents. But it also covers many major events in our country's and the world's history - from the ratification of the Bill of Rights to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The app also includes relevant territory maps (Thirteen Colonies, Civil War, etc.) and documents (Declaration of Independence, U. S. Constitution, and speeches by Presidents).

Students can also take quizzes on the 5 major time periods - Early Republic, Secession, Gilded Age, Early Twentieth, and Late Twentieth.

Some events are simply listed on the timeline while others link to a pageful of information and sometimes even outside links. Perhaps this app's developers will continue to add information about each and every event listed. But even now, this app is worth the price tag.

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