CONCEPT: An interactive and informative account of the Incas that is not only filled with incredible content and superb multimedia.
DELIVERY: Well done Kids Discover! You’ve done it again. The superb graphics, multimedia and interactive 3D models take you back in time to discover the rich civilization of the Incas. Students these days are used to an interactive media rich experience and bringing ancient civilizations to life is no easy task. Once again Kids Discover do a fantastic job of making this happen. In addition to telling the story of the Incas one of my favorite sections takes you on a journey to Macchu Picchu through a 360 degree panorama image. After this experience you’ll definitely want to add Macchu Picchu to your list of must travel to places.
This media rich app is divided into 11 sections. The first 8 sections are content related covering topics such as Where the Incas Lived, Inca Empire and Rulers, Inca Government and Law, Roads and Bridges Link the Empire, Customs and Practices, The Conquest of the Inca Empire and Present Day Reminders of the Incas. Section 9 includes a variety of activities, section 10 is a quiz and section 11 ends with additional resources.
The app appeals to students of all learning styles with visuals acting as a powerful demonstration of the ideas being presented. One of my favorite examples of this is the demonstration of how under Spanish rule the Indian population of Peru fell by 80%. The visual representation of this idea is phenomenal and makes it easy for even the youngest student to understand and the oldest student to stay engaged.
The activities bridge the divide between the physical and digital world by creating activities such as creating a backstrap loom using cardboard. The digital coloring and map activities will be thoroughly enjoyed by all students. This interactive and multimedia rich learning experience will leave students wanting more and serves as a great example of how experiences like reading a book can be redefined when tools move beyond the substitution of traditional resources.
Although the app categorizes itself as an elementary or middle school app, it can definitely be used in a high school classroom and supplemented with additional materials.
All in all a truly fantastic way to learn about the Incas and an app that gives new meaning to learning about a new topic.
LIMITATIONS: Questions: Different levels of questions could lead to deeper discussion; however you can easily add them yourself.
Tools: It would be nice to see a place to take notes in the margins or add questions that students may have as they go through this text that they could export to their notebook.
CONCLUSION: Overall, this is an exciting app for anyone studying or interested in learning about the Incas. 5/5
Have students learn through the app at home and come to class ready to engage in inquiry based learning activities
Great tool for higher level students to use to review
Take a trip back in time to learn about the Incas