Developed by: Touch Press
Travel the world…without ever leaving the house! Interested in discovering the cultural aspects of Bangkok but don’t have an updated passport? No worries! Barefoot World Atlas is here. This app taps into the natural curiosity of children and effectively uses multimodalities to enhance learning. Happy exploring!
*Please note that this is a paid app with options to purchase in-app expansion packs (World Art, North America, etc.).
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- This app focuses on diverse cultures of the world. Discuss the word “culture” with your child. What makes up a culture? What culture(s) does your child belong to? Why is it critical to learn about other cultures?
- It is important to make learning meaningful. As such, discuss your child’s knowledge of the world. Talk about where your child traveled locally and, if possible, globally and/or what places he/she would like to venture to one day.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Have your child use the sidebar to “travel” to a specific location on the globe or use his/her finger to swipe the screen to pick a random region. Let you child self-direct his/her learning, which increases motivation and stimulates curiosity. Encourage your child to pinch and zoom in on the screen to learn about various wildlife as well as cultural facts.
- If you child prefers, let him/her listen to the voice narration when applicable. Children of all ages enjoy being read to! The audio narration actually allows learners to focus more on the content at hand, leading to increased comprehension and retention.
- As your child goes through the app, stop every now and then to chunk information and monitor comprehension. For example, you may choose to have your child act out a scene depicting the cultural facts of a specific region. Or you may want to have your child self-generate “I wonder” questions spurred by the cool facts within the app (i.e. “I wonder why the Golden Snub-nosed Monkey has such a bright face? Maybe its blue face is used to scare off predators!”). Self-questioning sets a purpose for learning and helps children become more metacognitive readers.
Extend the app experience with a real life activity.
- Learn more about the music of a favorite region. After listening to the music embedded within this app, go online and search for more music akin to that region. Once you find a few songs, put on your dancing shoes and boogie!
- After your child has explored a region, have him/her create a postcard for a friend or relative that describes the culture of that place. Use one side of a blank piece of card stock to illustrate a scene from that culture. On the flip side, let your child imagine him/herself as a participant of that culture or a tourist experiencing it for the first time. Have your child write a short note describing his/her experiences. Showcase the postcard for all to see!
- Choose a region and research an important symbol of that country. For instance, Ghanaians are well known for their beautiful kente cloths. Have your child view different kente cloths and discuss the geometric patterns inherent within the textiles. Talk about how different colors are often used to tell a tale. (Adapted from education.com)
- Black – maturation, intensified spiritual energy
- Blue – peacefulness, harmony and love
- Green – vegetation, planting, harvesting, growth, spiritual renewal
- Gold – royalty, wealth, high status, glory, spiritual purity
- Grey – healing and cleansing rituals; associated with ash
- Maroon – the color of mother earth; associated with healing
- Pink – associated with the female essence of life; a mild, gentle aspect of red
- Purple – associated with feminine aspects of life; usually worn by women
- Red – political and spiritual moods; bloodshed; sacrificial rites and death
- Silver – serenity, purity, joy; assoc. with the moon
- White – purification, sanctification rites and festive occasions
- Yellow – preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility