History Apps, Tools, and Resources That We Love

Are you looking for history apps, tools, and resources that you can use with your students? If so, we have you covered. Check out our list below. Let us know if there are any that we missed.

CK-12– Helps students and teachers to improve elementary learning worldwide by making personal education tools available. Learn more than 5,000 math and science topics at a speed that suits you. Math topics include arithmetic, measurement, algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, trigonometry, analysis, and calculus. Science subjects include geography, life science, physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics. Other subjects include SAT exam prep, engineering, technology, astronomy, English, and history.

History Line– History line is a game that talks about US history. The game can be played by an individual or a maximum of six players. For a single player, a series of historical events appear on the screen, and you must place the events in the right sequence on a timeline below the screen. The date appears below when the event you place on the line is correct. For multiple players, they can connect their iPads via Bluetooth after one person starts the group.

Khan Academy– Khan Academy has more than 40,000 interactive Common Core-aligned practice questions and above 10,000 videos and explanations in economics, history, math, and more. This is the best study app and tutoring app for students of all ages who are struggling in science and other subjects. You can easily bookmark your best content to “Your List,”  which can be used offline when you’re not connected to the Internet.

Mayan Mysteries – Join Team Q, featuring Alex Quinn, Fionna, and Charlie on their quest to protect ancient Mayan artifacts from the villainous thief, Ladrone. They visit four archaeological sites where they outrun looters, map Mayan territories, unearth artifacts, and solve riddles. Task completion releases a Spirit that transports them to the past where they go on missions and play mini-games and learn more about the Mayan history.

Learning Games for Kids Learning Games for Kids provides children with games that help them to learn math, language, science, history, and more. Geared toward preschool to elementary-aged children, these games are fun, visually stimulating, and auditorily appealing to keep kids engaged and wanting to learn more.

Sites in VR – Sites in VR allows students to explore famous landmarks from the classroom or their own home. This app primarily focuses on Islamic temples, tombs, and ancient cities; however, there is also an outer space component. Landmarks from Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Morocco, Kuwait, Yemen, Macedonia, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, and Greece are included. If you’ve always imagined your history or social studies students touring through the pyramids of Egypt or the Colosseum in Rome, this app can fulfill that wish. Sites in VR includes more than 1,000 high-quality panoramic images and promises that “you will feel as if you are there…”

Smarty Pins – Well suited for history, geography, or social studies courses, Smarty Pins, was created by Google engineers as a fun way to brush up on map skills and review trivia. There are six main categories that students can choose from: March Madness, Arts & Culture, Science & Geography, Sports & Games, Entertainment, and History & Current Events. Once a category is selected, the student is asked a trivia question and prompted to find the location on the map that provides the answer. Bonus points are awarded for quick thinking! If a student finds themselves stumped, hints are provided as the remaining time to submit an answer runs out.!

Civilization VI– Help the humans survive from the dawn of time, through the Dark Ages, up to this moment. This game focuses on developing players’ critical thinking and creativity. Players use their imagination to help civilizations take the leap to the next stage of development.

Zoom In – Zoom In includes 18 interactive, document-based inquiry units for American History classes. It is Zoom In’s goal to ensure that teachers are challenging students with authentic, engaging texts; working with students to write explanatory and argumentative essays; teaching debate with claims and counterclaims, and ensuring students use evidence, including period documents, to back up their ideas. Zoom In provides teachers with assessment tools such as interactive rubrics to give personalized writing feedback to students.

FieldTripZoom– With the FieldTripZoom, you have an online service that enables you to order, search, schedule, and connect to hundreds of live interactive programs. These programs provide your students with distinctive learning experiences that target the learning materials and align with your courses. The educational content includes zoos, museums, and historical sites.

Murder at Old Fields– Forensic science is a tricky topic to teach without allowing students to get their hands dirty and try some experimenting themselves. Murder at Old Fields is available as a real-world kit or online activity. It is based on the real 1842 double murder of Rebecca and Alexander Smith at a farmhouse in Old Fields, Long Island. In this forensic science lab activity, students gain evidence and conduct lab experiments on historical artifacts. They take lessons and quizzes while exploring this 3-D crime scene to figure out the case. Overall, this is a great tool to provide a real-world example for forensics classes, and it can help give students the confidence to pursue a forensic career.

Museums of the World– Museums of the World gives free access and availability to thousands of museums all around the globe. Whether you love art, culture, science, or travel, you can virtually travel anywhere in the world and gain knowledge. You can find events, exhibits, and shows based on GPS locations. There are also detailed presentations and galleries to give you all the information you need to get around and learn as much as possible

Sail the Book– Sail the Book uses Google Earth to transport the reader on a virtual journey to locations mentioned in six inspirational books of maritime nonfiction literature. Google earth also involves activities that use the ruler tool, historical imagery, and street view. 

IWitness – This game is designed to build empathy and social awareness among children using the Holocaust as the reference point. From their dashboard, teachers can hand out tasks to children, which include testimonies, archives, and a video editing project that allows children to tell their own stories from what they have learned. Students can also work together or individually to search, watch, listen, learn, and build word clouds while they work with multimedia activities.

The Pyramids – The Pyramids is an interactive app that allows children to explore the remnants of the great ancient Egyptian civilization, focusing on the Giza Plateau. Sites include the Sphinx, Tomb of Meresankh, the Great Pyramid, and much more. Students can explore the places by themselves or recruit an audio tour guide who leads them through the sites. Beautiful 3-D images and a softcopy book are available for the curious cats that want to learn more.

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