We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Among them are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus and others. Of the original seven, only the Pyramids of Giza still stand. But lots of monuments, landmarks and famous locations have survived to inspire wonder worldwide. The Roman Colosseum, Brooklyn Bridge, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu and Taj Mahal are just a few.
Famous monuments of the world give teachers a great way to spice up lesson plans in world geography, history or social studies. An excellent resource is the “Famous Monuments of the World” app by Andrey Solovyev. It’s aimed at students in elementary grades through high school and works with most smartphones and tablets.
As a supplement to classroom lesson plans, the app introduces students to dozens of world-famous monuments, including the Statue of Liberty, Hagia Sophia, Stonehenge and the Great Sphinx. The app can help boost student understanding in various academic disciplines, including:
- U.S. states
- World nations
How it works
Registration isn’t needed. Students can start using the app as soon as its downloaded into their device.
The best way to start learning the material is by tapping the “Flashcards” link from the homepage. Students tap through 75 flashcards featuring detailed photos, names and locations of monuments, landmarks and locations around the world.
The flashcards are self-paced so students can take as long as they like to study them. A bonus with each flashcard is a link to an external Wikipedia page where students can read more details about each monument or world landmark.
Next, return to the homepage by tapping the arrow in the upper left corner of the screen and choose the next learning activity.
Five interactive study modes keep players entertained while learning the material. They can be played in any order:
- Easy quiz. Identify and spell well-known monuments, landmarks or locations.
- Hard quiz. Identify and spell lesser-known monuments, landmarks or locations.
- Multiple choice. Match the right monument name from four images displayed.
- Photo flashcards. Study 75 flashcards featuring detailed photos with titles and location.
- Timed game. Players have one minute to identify as many monuments as they can.
High scores are automatically saved in quizzes and games. Students are encouraged to repeat them to improve their scores.
Content in the “Famous Monuments of the World” app is all-inclusive. Once it’s been downloaded to a device, most features, including photo flashcards, quizzes, sound effects and automatic scoring, will work without an internet connection. However, an internet connection is needed to follow links from the photo flashcards to external Wikipedia pages that provide details about each monument.
Unobtrusive advertisements appear at the bottom of each page and occasionally in pop-ups during quizzes. Those who want to remove the ads can make an optional 99-cent in-app purchase.
The “Famous Monuments of the World” app by Andrey Solovyev is free and can be downloaded through Google Play and iTunes. It’s compatible with smartphones and tablets running the Android operating system 4.0.3 or later. Apple users can play the app using iPhones or iPad tablets running iOS version 8.0 or later.