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One Globe Kids

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 5+

About One Globe Kids

One Globe Kids is a fantastic app for letting children appreciate the similarities and differences they share with others around the world.

Teacher Review

One Globe Kids is an app that aims to give children an understanding of their place in the world, alongside the viewpoint of other children from different backgrounds around the globe.  It provides case studies of eight children from around the world, each with an in depth back story and several other related activities. Because it uses young children and tells their stories in their own words, it is very accessible and understandable for children who may not have much previous experience or knowledge about other global citizens.

After downloading the app, the user is asked a few simple questions, which allow children to get a sense of their position within the world, before they are shown a globe with the option of searching for new friends.  Many children are available here, with a diverse range of locations from across the globe.  Children have the option to explore each child's world from a variety of perspectives – including the story of their typical day, some background facts about their country, several language activities and the opportunity to have a “conversation”.

The combination of a clear voice-over, chronological narrative, interesting details and high-quality photos combine to create a story that will really inspire children in learning about another child's life. Without over-sensationalising, it makes it very clear that children around the world can have very different definitions of “normal”, whilst still providing many opportunities for discussing the similarities of different cultures. From a language perspective, there was a good exposure to vocabulary included within the typical day narrative, providing context for the other learning activities that follow.

After a clear introduction to the focus child, the language activities, although basic, give a good grounding of key vocabulary – in particular the ability to record your own voice and play it back worked well here.  The country facts were interesting, although rather focussed on comparisons with the USA for a global audience.  The final lovely feature though, is the “Tell Me About Yourself” section – where a child can record their part of a conversation consisting of questions supposedly asked by the child they've just found out about. This provides a real opportunity for reflection whilst maintaining user interest, especially since once again you can record your answers and play back the full “conversation” later on.  Photos alongside remind you of the other child's story as you go along.

As well as all the activities for young learners to use, the app contains extensive teacher notes and lesson planning ideas, which should be a real time-saver for any teacher wishing to use this app in class.  The ideas are clearly set out for each of five world locations, with lesson plans, question sets and discussion points included. Overall, this app provides an ideal starting point for lessons on global citizenship, diversity and human geography.

One Globe Kids - children's stories from around the world app really helps children see what it is like to live in other countries through the perspective of native children. A day in my life stories from kids with relatable, diverse experiences around the world create a highly engaging learning experience and make the kids understand global cultures through audio and videos based stories.

Kids choose a story, then listen to and read it by swiping through each page to turn to the next page. If you want to choose different approaches to the story, choose "Adventure" or choose "Start to Finish!" to read from beginning to end. Tap "Conversations" and press the red button to record audio of your own voice telling your story (which isn't shared publicly). Tap the language option to hear and practice speaking some vocabulary words in another language. Beautiful photos and high-quality audio add to this cultural and social learning experience.

Parents can try speaking and recording some words in the languages of the featured kids with your kid. Learning and remembering just a few words in different languages at a young age can spark kids' long-term interest in and confidence about learning more languages. 

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Skills

Communication Skills
Thinking & Reasoning
Self-Direction

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - Yes - 1st Party

Publisher

Globe Smart Kids

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Description

Broaden horizons and get out of your bubble! Experience the similarities and differences you have with real kids around the world through their stories, games and even their language. 

"One of 50 apps all kids should use at least once" - Common Sense Media

“Mind-blowing Excellence & Winner 2016 Smart Media Award” - Academics’ Choice Award

Put the world in a child's hand with One Globe Kids - fun and entirely safe for kids 4-10 years. Visit Valdo in Haiti & Larasati in Indonesia for free then travel the world via IAP. (Or download the One Globe Kids-All Friends app to give your child instant access to all the One Globe Kids friends, both current and upcoming friends!) 

• Designed to foster curiosity, cultural openness, and global imagination, preparing children for success in the 21st century
• Interactive stories from new friends in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America help kids grow up feeling safe and happy in our diverse world 
• Discover what you have in common with children in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, the Caribbean 
• Record yourself practicing new languages
• Put your friends and family on the globe
• “Story Adventure” - decide together what to do with each friend

Global education brought to life!

• Education Toolkits for each location available for FREE via our website.
• Ideal for classroom and home-based projects and discussions. 
• Multilingual: Listen to and/or read in English, French and Dutch, perfect for ELL

SAFE! i.e. NOT A SOCIAL NETWORK! 
Cool Mom Tech explained it best: "Rest assured One Globe Kids is not a social network--there's no way to communicate through the app, but it will still feel that way to your kids, which they'll think is cool. So as a parent I can let my kids freely explore the globe and learn to appreciate and respect people who live differently than we do."

One Globe Kids is kidSafe certified. We follow the “Know What’s Inside” best practices for kid’s apps.

This app: 
• Does NOT collect any personal information from users. Users can upload their own image, record their own voice (counting to 10 in Kirundi, for example!), and put themselves on the globe within the app, but this data stays on the device and is NEVER transmitted. 
• Has NO advertisements in it.
• Does NOT include any social media links or plug ins.
• Does NOT link to other websites. 
• DOES have optional in-app purchases.
• Has a positive view of the world, regardless the race, nationality, education level, gender, or socio-economic background.
• Believes diversity is beautiful and essential.

If you enjoy traveling with One Globe Kids, please review our app and/or email us with suggestions on where we should visit next!

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