Britannica Kids: Solar System

Age Scale: 8-12 (great reference for all)

Device: iPod, iPhone, or iPad

Quick Line:  Solar System Information Overload

What Educators Need to Know:

To be honest, the idea of downloading an encyclopedia did not really excite me.  But this app was a pleasant surprise!  Encyclopedia Britannica has developed a superbly-organized reference tool that will appeal to learners and teachers alike.  The content is extensive, and as suspected, there are many articles to use as reference for projects and writing assignments.  Outstanding pictures and videos are embedded throughout, but they are also accessible on a separate page. Students can watch Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon!  How cool is that?  There are also many diagrams and charts that illustrate a number of difficult concepts that simply aren’t clear by using words alone (birth of a planetary system, anyone?)  Fast finishers need not go to another app as there are various games and quizzes built into the program.  The reading level is a bit high for eight-year-olds.  Do I wish it had a read-aloud capability?  Yes.  Do I hope content updates occur frequently?  Yes.  But really, it is a very well-designed app.  I recommend downloading others in the series including Rainforests, Dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt, U.S. Presidents,  and Volcanoes.

Price: $4.99

Britannica Kids: Solar System - Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc

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