Teaching or learning history can be a bore without cool visual aids. The best history teachers always make a point to put students in the right setting, and let them live in it as they tell the story. History can be tedious with too many dates and too few visuals as to what happened during those dates. This is where online tools like timelines come into play like the fairly new Google Cultural Institute.
MyHistro is another timeline tool builder with interactive mapping visuals from Google Maps to help teachers and students create digital historical stories. Although it can be used for personal or business, MyHistro shines as an educational tool with its collaborative features that lets students and teachers create timelines together.
Unlike other mapping tools, MyHistro uses Google Maps heavily to plot where the story took place at a point in time. Writing your timeline can be as in-depth as you want it to be, with each event explained within articles. Readers can zoom in or out of the timeline to navigate through events. Clicking each event will lead the reader to the place where it happened in Google Maps.
You can also click on the play button to run the timeline as a slideshow. MyHistro offers different export options for various uses, namely CSV to view the timeline as a spreadsheet, KML for including the timeline in Google Earth, and PDF for leisurely reading.
Writers are invited to contribute and earn money writing timelines.
MyHistory works without Flash which makes the app more responsive than other online timelines. On the flipside, it is not as visually appealing, but it has everything needed for anyone to dig in and learn about history. A free iPhone app is available if you want to read timelines on your mobile phone.
MyHistory is a handy app for students and teachers who want to create historical timelines for school projects or visual aids.
- Create quick historical timeline for any topic.
- Collaborative features for students and teachers.
- iPhone app available for mobile timeline viewing.
- Get paid to write timelines.
- Plot events in Google maps for better visualization.
Check out MyHistro @ http://www.myhistro.com