This is the second post in a series of posts dedicated entirely to educational apps to use with high school students. The previous list was about math apps. Today’s collection features a number of useful apps for teaching/learning history. While most of these apps cover world history in general few of them are US specific. You may want to go through the list and see which ones work for you. Links to the apps are under the visual. If you have other suggestions to add to the list, please share with us in our Facebook page.
1- TimeTours: Uxmal‘TimeTours is not just a typical guidebook. Instead, this virtual trip through time brings the past back to life using modern 3D reconstructions. The Now and Then time windows let you experience what the city looked like when ball games and human sacrifices were performed here. The new ‘Now and Then and …’ bring the time of the rediscovery alive.’
2- The Pyramids‘With this beautiful iPad app from Touchpress you can explore the incredible pyramids and tombs of ancient Egypt. Fly around the plateau where the pyramids and the Sphinx are located at Giza near Cairo. Enter and wander around the labyrinthine tombs and passageways.’3- Back in Time‘Back in Time will take you on a stunning exploration of the history of our Universe, Earth, Life and Civilization. A journey through time where each event is documented with social and historical context, several images, an illustrative timeline and little-known interesting facts.’4- Word War II Interactive‘ World War II Interactive covers the biggest conflict in history with stunning photos, videos and speeches and amazing design.’
5- Discovery and Exploration Maps‘On 27 interactive maps you can check how vision of the World and geographical knowledge of human kind have been changing through the centuries.’6- Revolutionaries of the Past Century‘To understand our present, we must look to our past. 100 years of history’s revolutionaries and social movements are laid out in this iPad app that lets you draw connections to the past. Explore a revolutionary leader individually, or discover their connections to a movement and how it changed the course of history.’7- Interactive Historical Atlas‘The Interactive Historical Atlas gives you 50 topic based history maps within Ancient History, the Middle Ages and the Modern Era. The interactive menu has options you can click on to visualize the topic with the aid of animations, color options and additional resources adapted to each map.’8- AP World History‘An excellent study aid for the AP World History exam, this app covers 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Whether you need to study for a history test or simply want to become more familiar with world history, this app has comprehensive and accurate information which helps you do both.’9- US History Timeline‘The ‘US History Timeline(Free)’ is an application which shows the list of important events from US history. Each event includes a hot-link to the appropriate entry of Wikipedia. ’10- Today in History‘Today in History is the BEST way to get key facts about iconic global events and fun facts from across the centuries, delivered right to your mobile device.’
11- Historia World‘Historia is very easy to play: try to find the date of the historic events of the selected category. The closer you are, the bigger your score! If you can gain enough points you will be rewarded with a book in your library.’
12- Remembering WWI‘The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) invites you to participate, collaborate, and engage with the Archives’ extensive collection of World War I moving and still images.’