With the proliferation of so many different online Driver’s Ed options, it’s not surprising to discover Driver’s Ed Videos — Volume 1 and Driver’s Ed Videos — Volume 2 for iPad, which a licensed Driver’s Ed teacher in Texas created to give nascent drivers another way to learn the rules of the road.
Both apps are simple to use and each includes 10 different videos that don’t require an Internet connection to play. Volume One’s videos teach kids about essentials like telling the gas pedal from the brake pedal as well as subtler information like lane changes and driving a stick shift. Volume Two focuses on trickier skills such as parallel parking and starting a car with a manual transmission on a hill.
Much like the movies many of us remember watching during Driver’s Ed, the videos in the apps are shot from the driver’s perspective in an attempt to give students the feeling that they are behind the wheel.
For example, the parallel parking video shows the car from four different angles, which helps to give students a sense of what the car looks like from a number of perspectives. This knowledge familiarizes a student with the steps needed to parallel park a car, so when it’s time to do it in real life, it’s just a bit easier.
Classroom teachers may want to show these to a room full of students, which is easy using Air-Play mirroring and an Apple TV, while students may find these videos reinforce lessons learned in the classroom or while they’re learning behind the wheel.
Both volumes of this video series are available to download from the App Store for $1.99 per volume.