Thursday, December 2, 2010

Stack the States: iPod Touch app for elementary students

Stack the States
developed by Dan Russell-Pinson

This is one of the most addictive and clever iTouch apps I have downloaded.  After answering a question where you identify the shape of a state or the capital of a state, you are presented with an animated shape of the state answer which has to be dropped on a platform. The goal is to "stack the states" high enough to reach a checkered bar. Stacking is not automatic as the figures tend to bounce according to their shape which adds some geometric thinking to this game. Think playing Tetris while learning state information. If you are able to stack enough states to cross the bar, you earn a state. Earning states allows you access to other games. I haven't tried this with students yet, but the adults who have tried this app have not been able to put it down. For a very reasonable price, you get a fun way to learn more about our 50 states.

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