Welcome to the thinkingeography Apps page.

If you have an Apple multitouch device and you take it to school, these are my recommendations of what you should have loaded onto it.

The ones on the left are general and the ones on the right are geographical. Applications below the line might be useful for other subjects.  

Trails is a tracking application that will record the device’s location on a map. It will record this information with time, and it will also record altitude. It is possible therefore to track exactly where one walked on an expedition. It is possible to download maps in advance of a trip so that the device does not need to access the internet, which is useful if the journey is remote in any way, or even just out of touch of the mobile phone network. Their company website has indicated that in tests the GPS accuracy is much greater than much more expensive standalone units. Maps include contours and are an invaluable way of exploring terrain and teaching the meaning of contours, in the field. This application can be downloaded as a means to geotagging photographs where a camera and Trails have had synchronised time.

London Off Maps (Free)
London Off Maps is an application which puts a full London Street map onto the device. When the device has an internet connection the map will show the current location on the map. When off line, the map works as an A to Z. You can, therefore, check your walking route whilst you are on the Underground, before you emerge onto the street. Of course all this information would be in your risk assessment and trip planning documents, but it is always good to have a back up.

Maps (Free)
Maps comes preinstalled on Apple devices. This application uses the Google map database. This will quickly locate a point of interest, street address or postcode and provide a route there from any other location or one’s current location. Used in conjunction with the Google application, it is possible to say a place into the device click on show location and the device will then calculate a route to that location. This is a very fast way to find directions, and can even be used in a moving vehicle if there is someone else able to operate the device once moving.


Wikipanion (Free)
Wikipanion is an App that provides instant access to Wikipedia, plus a few other search and history functions that make Wikipedia a joy to use on iPad, rather than viewing it through a web browser. For example it provides a good source of related pages to the one that has been searched for. It turns the iPad into a handheld Wi-Fi driven encyclopaedia which is a useful tool to have in the classroom.


SeeLevel -The Visual Clinometer (59p)
This is an excellent application for the iPod Touch/iPhone. I found that it crashed on the iPad. In any case the application turns the device into a superb data measuring tool. It can be used to measure gradients. If the distance from the height to be measured is entered it will use Pythagorean calculations to work out the altitude. This might be useful to measure the height of a gushing geyser, a waterfall or a building. The application will also allow a photograph to be taken as a record of the calculation, the data and orientation grid imprinted on the picture. The picture will also have the date, time and GPS data stored in the metadata. A fantastic tool.


World Factbook (59p)
This is a useful, detailed and kept up-to-date resource that provides quick and easy information about countries of the world. This may be useful as a reckoner in the classroom, or can even be used when travelling abroad to find out contact details of consuletes etc. This app operates off line so does not need an internet connection.


Geotap (59p)
This game is excellent tool for building a good knowledge of general global locations. The game asks players to tap on the world map, where a location is, and it calculates how close the answer was and gives a point score accordingly. Higher levels of the game provide pictures and ask players to locate these places. I have heard of some players pausing the game, and looking up the answers. Whilst this might not be ‘cricket,’ it might be a valid way of learning locations more efficiently and developing atlas skills.