Apps for Learning: Discovering History on your Mobile Device

Many students find learning history to be dry and challenging. Fortunately, there are many apps that can help history come alive. This list of ten history-themed educational apps will teach your child in a style that's both fun and interactive.

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1. U.S. Presidents

This app makes a game out of learning the U.S. presidents. Kids learn the presidents' names, faces and years in office. The app includes three levels of difficulty and an option for two players to compete against each other.

2. AP U.S. History Flashcards

Designed as a study aid for the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam, this app includes comprehensive information about the events and people that helped shape the United States. The app includes five pre-made flashcard decks. They cover every era of American history, from the arrival of Europeans to the 21st century.

3. U.S. History - A Tap N'Learn Game

This game teaches students about American history through competitive quizzes. It includes graphs of your child's progress and stats that are updated as your child plays. The app features a multiplayer mode in which kids can play against their friends or random players from throughout the world.

4. World History Trivia

This app is a database of world history, spanning both ancient and modern history. The facts range from the historically significant to the unusual or interesting. The searchable app contains facts regarding politics, science, exploration, the arts and more.

5. Stack the States

Stack the States teaches kids about the 50 states through a fun and highly interactive game. It covers topics including capitals, state shapes, locations and more. The app was voted the Best Educational Game App by iEAR.org and the Best Kids App for iPad by the 2010 Best App Ever Awards.

6. Capitol Dome

Whether or not your child has visited the U.S. Capitol, this app provides a window into the history of this fascinating building. It includes the story of the building itself as well as important events from American history. It also contains highly detailed images and information on the frieze of the Rotunda of the Capitol, a historical panorama that was created by three artists over nearly 75 years.

7. American Dreams - Speeches and Documents in U.S. History

This app provides 480 documents that represent significant moments from throughout American history, such as the Constitution and Supreme Court decisions. It also includes 20 audio recordings of important speeches, such as President Kennedy's inaugural address and a campaign speech from President Theodore Roosevelt.

8. How Much Do You Know About History?

This app offers a series of history trivia questions. Topics range from the Stone Age through the present, including questions on everything from the Renaissance to the Kennedy assassination.

9. History: Maps of the United States

One terrific way to study history is by analyzing historical maps. This app gives kids access to high-resolution maps from throughout the history of the United States. There are more apps in this series that include maps of Africa, the Middle East, Oceania and more.

10. Today in History

Today in History is an app that shares important and notable items from throughout history that occurred on a given day. These include major events and births of significant figures. The events include links to Wikipedia for further reading.

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