App Title: Virtual History: Roma
Cost: 1-19 copies = $9.99
20+ copies = $4.99 (through Apple’s Volume Purchasing Program)
Roma is one of the best history apps on the market (and why it is one of the most expensive). Roma, as the full title suggests, contains many 3D objects which you can ‘manipulate’ with your fingers (zoom, turn, etc.). It also has a “bubble” view of various locations. “Bubble” view acts as if you were standing right in the middle of the Stabian Baths in Pompeii, for example. If you move the iPad around, up and down, the screen acts like you are actually there looking around, taking in the scenery. There are 3D maps you can push across and tap icons for further information. The content of the app is historically accurate and the students will find it very engaging. The dozens of images throughout the app are very high quality and give a rich overview of the ancient Roman Empire. There are several photo galleries throughout the various topics as well. The app is very user friendly with easy navigation by tapping on the orange topic or the orange bookmark icon in the top left corner. Or you can simply swipe across the screen to go to the next topic. The developers of this app have two other apps of the same build: The Last Supper and Firenze (Florence). I cannot wait to get my fingers on those apps! If you teach World History, you must buy this app! It is worth every penny.