How much do you know about the Earth you live on? The countries and capitals, the great oceans and rivers, the mountains and the country – geography are important for being a citizen of this world, and there are easy ways to learn about our planet.
It's free academic online courses to learn geography, but that's not what we're talking about here. You've probably learned the basics already and forgot about it. It's time to learn or test your knowledge again.
Even Google jumped into the game with Google Earth Natural Wonders Quiz last year. But it is not enough. The world is a big place, so let's explore.
1. Globehead (Web): Learn land and capitals with spatial repetition
You have more than 200 friends. And you know enough things about them that you can easily remember. So why can't you learn the names, places and capitals of the 195 countries in the world today?
Web app Globehead uses the space repetition systemto teach you the three basics of any nation in the world. Opposite a map of the world you can click on a country or get the app to choose one for you. Through a series of questions, you will find out where it is and its capital.
These questions are repeated in different ways, so you live them in your memory. Every time you log in, Globehead will ask these questions again and fulfill the principles of distributed repetition. It may be a good idea to make Globehead your home page so you continue to learn about a few new nations and improve your geographic knowledge.
2. GeographyNow (YouTube): Learn geography with cool videos
GeographyNow is not just for kids. Paul Barbato, more commonly known as Barby, is an engaging and entertaining host of short videos to learn everything you need to know about every country in the world, as well as continents, regions and other formations.
The videos are typically 10 to 20 minutes and cover a wide range of interesting information about the country. It includes how the nation was formed, its current geopolitical questions, the prominent geographical details of the country and its surroundings and more. Barby tells it all through fun and cool videos, often as acting with friends to deliver historical facts.
Along with all this, there is also a short flag-specific video explaining the history of this flag. If you were not already interested in how nations build a flag and the meaning behind it, Barby's videos will light a new thirst for knowledge.
3. Darron Gedge (YouTube): Educational Geography Channel
Darron Gedges Geography Channel is a great resource for educational videos about geography. Gedge focuses on geography and not geopolitics, which means it is more about the natural formations of the Earth.
That's not to say he overlooks people's role in it. His latest video, for example, is about coastal erosion and the methods we can use to reduce it. The previous video talked about the causes of water pollution.
Through live demonstrations, infographics and illustrations, and simple language, Gedge can make complex geographic information for understandable videos. It's great for kids, but also for adults who don't know where to ask their questions for fear of looking stupid.
4. Seterra (Web, Android, iOS): Best geographical map quizzes
Nothing comes close to Seterra as a single geographical game to find places on a political map. It is not limited to the globe alone, since you can drill down to continents and countries, find states and provinces, major cities, or other important points in them.
The United States is best covered in the app, with maps for states, capitals, original colonies, cities, rivers, geophysical regions and even civil war. Every continent has maps to test your knowledge of the most important physical features, and some other countries have extra material also like the United States.
In addition, Seterra provides printable PDFs of most of these maps, allowing you to share them in a classroom, or simply test yourself against your friends as a party game.
Seterra has everything free on the internet, but the mobile apps have some limitations in the free version. Try them out and if you like, the price is $ 1.99 worth of unlocking all the maps and quizzes.
Download: Seterra for Android | iOS (free)
5. NatGeo GeoBee Challenge (Android, iOS): Addictive Geography Quiz
Like Spelling Bee, spelling tests National Geographic is an annual host competition for students to test geographic knowledge. Whether you're a student or adult adult, the GeoBee Challenge app is a great way to test your own geography and learn a little more as well.
There are 15 rounds of quizzes, with five questions in each round. Each question has multiple choice responses and a time limit. Once you have chosen the answer, the app takes you to the right place on a map. It's a cool interactive way to test your knowledge and even use some side thinking.
For example, one of the questions was, "What city, known for its Cajun and French influence, was destroyed by hurricanes?" Even though you knew New Orleans was hit by hurricanes, you will now learn that it has powerful Cajun and French influences.
Download: NatGeo GeoBee Challenge for Android | iOS (free)
And of course Google Maps …
Obviously, no article about learning more about the world through technology can be complete without mentioning Google Maps. It is one of the best free resources on the internet, and Google actively encourages teachers to use it in classrooms.
If you don't know where to look, start with these Google Maps and Google Earth Beads. It has things you didn't know you wanted, from seeing a timeline of how areas around the world have changed over the years, to playing a game "where in the world is this" with Street View images.