3Planesoft has released a beautiful app called Earth 101 for iPad. This app enables users to look at stunning aerial views of the entire globe. Tap three times for the demo mode with relaxing music. See the topographical map as a continent or showing the option of country borders. You can also look at the current weather across the maps, as well as zoom into different locations. Find the Forbidden City in China or explore interesting facts about the Indian Ocean. My favorite feature of this app is being able to turn on the weather and see the current temperature in Zimbabwe, as well as Japan. The app spins like a globe giving it a virtual feeling. Search 1100 locations for fun facts. Great geography/social studies app for only $1.99 in the App Store.FEATURES: ✯ Relief model of the Earth ✯ World geographic and political maps ✯ More than 1,100 geographic objects ✯ More than 250 wonders of the world ✯ Both short and full description of any object or point on the surface ✯ Simple and user-friendly control ✯ 15x zoom ✯ Quick search ✯ Global weather ✯ Demo mode with an original music track ✯ No Internet connection required (except for the weather and additional information from Wikipedia) The developer states that new data is constantly being added, so we can expect further updates. Great news to us! About the Author Ann Francis is a die hard special education teacher of who believes everyone can learn. She has been using iPads in the classroom for three years and it has totally changed the way she instructs. Ann also offers professional development on collecting data with apps, training teachers on apps and using the iPad.