Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Go Back in Time with 12 World History Apps

History is one of those subjects where it is easy to get your students engaged once they have connected with the narrative. Here are a couple of Apps that will help your students jump right into the era that you are studying. Obviously we can't cover every area of historical study but these apps give you an idea of some of the tools available on the iPad. Some of the more interactive apps like War World 11 or Virtual History: Roma lend themselves to individual research projects or even students negotiated activities, other could be used just as starters or as warm up activities. However you use them, these apps give you a set of tools that you can now use in your iPad classroom.

Back in Time: $8.49 AU
I loved this as a website, now it is an app. Visually stunning! What were the defining moments in history? Back in Time is an interactive multimedia journey through those moments. An imaginary clock will guide you, proposing a simple analogy: the Universe started 24 hours ago. The Big Bang is the first event in the journey at 0:00 hours. Today, 13.7 billion years later, the clock says midnight.

Timeline Eons: FREE
Scrollable timeline supposedly longer than the Earth's circumference. Zoomable timeline that can display dates and times down to a fraction of a second. Wide-ranging events from the Big Bang and evolution, to historical events and future projections. Concise and fun facts includes Natural History, World History, U.S. History, Science and Technology, Art and Architecture, and Sports.

HD Stone Age: $0.99 AU
The Stone Age is the period roughly between 2.5 million and 3000 years BC., and its main characteristic is the human learning techniques for the development of hunting tools and stone tools. Inside this Encyclopedia: You can copy full text and full HD pictures, to paste and send by eMail or to paste to any document inside your device to share or study later. Great for history research tasks.

Egyptian Heiroglyphics Decoder: $0.99 AU
Egyptian Hieroglyphics Decoder allows you to go to a museum, or even look at Egyptian columns with Hieroglyphics and actually translate the Hieroglyphics into letters that you can understand! Now you can just look at the Hieroglyphics and start tapping the same Hieroglyphics images and see what letters they are translated too and even make sentences. Students can write their own messages.

Ancient History Trivia Quiz: $1.99 AU
Ancient History Trivia Quiz is a visually stunning history game, with 250 multiple choice questions, including 50 bonus general knowledge questions. Ancient History Trivia Quiz features 9 game modes, in both single and multiplayer mode. All Quizicals' games have been professionally developed, with high quality graphics, exciting sound effects and smooth gameplay.

Virtual History Roma: $10.49 AU
Mondadori presents a fantastic voyage to Ancient Rome, the capital of the largest empire in the ancient world, which has been reconstructed in virtual form and which you can explore in a “full-immersion” panoramic experience. The format provides the viewer with an astonishing insight into Roman civilization, using innovative functions and multimedia content. This is a beautifully crafted app.

Ancient Greek Mythology: $1.99 AU
Ancient Greek Mythology is a concise guide to the major Gods, creatures and mortals appearing in Greek Mythology. The app also contains a quiz which can be played in single or multiplayer modes. There are over 750 entries in a searchable database. The app is based on the famous work (Dictionary of Greek and Roman Mythology) by William Smith in 1861 but with a cool user interface.

History Tools: $0.99 AU
HistoryTools is an app that lists all the famous and infamous people who were born or died on each day of the year, major news events that occurred on each day, plus feast days of saints and holidays and celebrations around the world. HistoryTools helps kick-start ideas and is a great help to students who wish to convince their teachers that they are among the smartest in the class.

Thematic Maps of the World: $5.49 AU
Thematic Maps of World is a very educational application that lets you know our world through a variety thematic maps. (Climate, Energy, Ethnography/Religion, Industry/Economy, Land Use, Military and Population.) Features include display 500 thematic maps about our world, landscape view mode and zooming with your finger as well as descriptions about each map. Great for visual learners.

World War 11 Interactive: $5.49 AU
World War II Interactive covers the biggest conflict in history with stunning photos, videos and speeches and amazing design. A rich interactive experience with text, audio, video and photos. Read about the major battles and the events of WW2 in detail. Swipe through the timelines for every month of the war. Watch rare video clips. Listen to famous speeches. See amazing photographs.

Black HistoryPad: $5.49 AU
HistoryPad provides an informative look into the lives of 100 people in history. .  In addition, many of the screens for the people we cover have a connection to online video or music to bring you closer to the person in history. On the IPad this is a very enjoyable experience, as one can watch the video on the person in history or listen to their music while reading the full biography.

HistoryPin: FREE
Discover windows into the past by seeing and interacting with the history all around you. Historypin reveals photos near your current location and allows you to view them layered over the modern scene in front of you. You can also explore Collections of some of the best old photos from around the world. You can add your own piece of history and pin it to the map, too, by using your device.


  1. There is also an app called PhotoGoo that is being used in special education for emotion modeling. Great stuff.

  2. History For Kids
    Take a journey through the story of mankind and learn history like never before!


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