These are apps that can help librarians as well as teachers when it comes to educating children with non fiction.
National Geographic Explorer
Made is 2012, this app provides children with the means to study different geographic locations on the planet and the animals that live there. According to the article, “young children can read the text independently or activate the narration to aid them” (Potter, 2013, p. 2). This is a helpful app to educate students about the world by seeing all its wonders.
Barefoot World Atlas
This is an app that allows kids to manipulate a map of the world see the geological locations and find specific facts. According to the article, “They can also tap on a feature such as the Imam Ali Mosque in Iraq, and a narrator will read a short paragraph” (Potter, 2013, p. 3). Reading about key locations will help children to better understand the different cultures that make up the world with these features.
The Magic School Bus: Oceans
Made is 2010, this is an interactive reading of Scholastic book of the same name. Children who try the app “also incorporates photographs of sea animals, underwater videos, and educational games” (Potter, 2013, p.2). This app an be incredibly useful for reluctant readers, teaching them about different aspects of the world brought up in the main text, while also getting them interested in reading literature.
Why I chose this Article
The apps brought up in this post are among several provided on the list in the article, all of them developed around the idea of education and literary in the form of Nonfiction. These apps and others like them are important because they can educate children about world, animals in the world, different cultures, and through the readings help to make the act of reading more engrossing. This list proves that are learning apps out there that can further a child’s interest in education outside of a classroom setting and librarians need to promote that by finding these and similar apps. The key thing is to look for apps that present readings of literature, maps, other cultures, and have good reviews for being entertaining as well as educational. With technology progressing and becoming more integrated into the daily lives of everyone, especially children, librarians need to become aware of how these apps can benefit the educational growth of their patrons. The more this technology is understood, the easier it will be to improve on patronage by providing access to apps that expand on literature provided, especially when it comes to Nonfiction. For those interested, here’s the article with the list.
Potter, Cathy. 2013 Nonfiction Book Apps: Addressing CCSS and Engaging Students. School Library Monthly. Santa Barbara, 29(5). Pg. 11-13.