A handy directory of over 350 important historical documents, categorised both by time period and geographical importance. The app also includes a bank of media files of some crucial speeches made in the last 100 years.
ANCIENT GREECE BY KIDS DISCOVER
Ancient Greece is on this list to represent the whole range of outstanding interactive textbooks by Kids Discover. Other topics include Ancient Egypt, The Roman Empire and The Civil War. Some of the best historical apps available bar none.
A simple, effective timeline creation app that allows users to add text and images to build a timeline in minutes. Finished work can be exported to the camera roll. A nice touch is the ability to add extra detail to a secondary page - great for differentiating for varying learner abilities..
Ambitiously detailed interactive timeline of the whole of history. The scale of the timeline cleverly adapts depending on the area viewed and data can be filtered with ease. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in breadth - covering everything from the Big Bang to the present day.
Another opton as far as good timeline apps is the Impressively detailed Timeline Eons which covers a truly enormous range of events. Jam-packed with information and external links, It also boasts a wealth of great options including multiple timelines, editable backgrounds and even RSS updates! This is without a doubt one of the best apps for history teachers.
HISTORY FOR KIDS
A great option for younger historians, this app presents information on several key time periods from the ancient civilsations to the World Wars and more. It does this via a simplified timeline interface and a range of interactive, multimedia content for each section. Content is categorised both chronologically and thematically.
A great little app that presents a collection of over 250 coins from the Ancient Greek and Roman eras in digital form. Each coin tells a tale and is accompanied by relevant detail. They can also be viewed from both sides and zoomed in on for a closer look at their details, A coin timeline to help contextualise some of the examples is also included.
Simply stunning interactive tour round the pyramids at Giza courtesy of Touch Press. You can virtually explore various tombs, gaining access that is impossible in real life. As you investigate each pyramid, objects can be eaxmined in more detail and in some cases interacted with. The expert text that accompanies the unique core experience elevates this experience further.
D-DAY FOR KIDS
This is another app that's on this list to represent the brand (Quelle Histoire) as a whole. This great interactive ebook app focuses on key events from WW2 but other entries include the journey of Odysseus and several focusing on specific key figures from throughout history. The range has a unique look and feel and make an excellent choice for primary students.
Timeline 3D is essentially a presentation tool using a timeline format. This makes it a natural choice for presenting historical work. It's incredibly easy to use, just add text, images and links for each entry then let the app compose the actual timeline. The final presentations look remarkably slick and polished. Though a little expensive, it's a worthy investment.
Containing potted biographies of one hundred historical figures, this is a comprehensive history book for the modern student to start a research project. Each entry contains images, audio and a range of key facts and is presented in a clean, accessible format. Just be warned - there's no index feature so it can be tricky finding the person you're looking for.
HISTORY: MAPS OF THE WORLD
Another great resource for the historian is History: Maps of The World. Containing a collection of over 170 historical maps presented in superb detail and grouped by era and category. Explore how the history of the world affected its geography - an essential app for history classes at every level. Separate apps focusing on individual continents are also available.
Streetmuseum Londinium is a unique app that let's you explore the city of London's history as a part of the Roman Empire. Users can excavate finds using the touch screen and learn about key sites around Roman London. Use the map to view the changes to the city and if you are actually in London, you can access some great augmented reality content.
FLOW OF HISTORY
Flow of History takes a unique approach to presenting historical events. It utilises flow charts to show how specific elements from the time period relate and impact. In total, over 240 charts are included, grouped into 17 categories which each has its own flowchart and timeline. Excellent for looking at cause and effect throughout major historical events.
NATIONAL ARCHIVES DOCSTEACH
A great bank of activities based on primary sources from US history such as the US Constitution or Thomas Edison’s patent drawing for the light bulb. Skills such as evaluating evidence, making connections and sequencing events will all benefit from these great activities. Teachers who register for free on the DocsTeach website can even set tasks for a group via a class code system.
POLITICAL TIME MACHINE
Another good choice for the US historian. Political Time Machine collates over 2000 videos of presidents from FDR to JFK to Obama. You can search by speaker or by year in order to locate the speech you wish to see with ease. The History section also contains details of politics as far back as 1892.
GLORY OF INDIA
When studying the history of Asia, the choices are a little limited. This app, focusing on India's colourful past, is one good option. It Covers over 2000 years and contains 50 maps, over 500 images and full details on nearly 200 key events. You can search effectively and wiki links are included for those looking to extend their research further.
Timeline World War One is the latest in the first rate Timeline series from Ballista that also includes the Second WorldWar and the Civil War. The price and filesize may be high but the quality and depth are stunning, with the app including over a hundred film clips and 500 images. There's also full search functionality and enough text for dozens of books, from first person diary accounts to poetry from the era.
BRITANNICA KIDS: AZTEC EMPIRE
Another key brand for digital history textbooks, Britannica Kids has produced a range of thorough ebook apps covering a range if time periods and subjects. We selected this one in particular for our list as the choice of apps focused on the Aztecs is somewhat limited. This not only contains a lot of information but also incorporates the use of simple games to ensure engagement levels are high.
ANSEL & CLAIR: PAUL REVERE'S RIDE
Want an engaging way to introduce kids to the American Revolution? Paul Revere's Ride from Ansel and Clair is the app for you. Playing like an interactive cartoon, it boasts a wide range of activities and mini-games to introduce Revere and explain his important role during the conflict, including quizzes and puzzles. You can even log your own notes as you progress through the app. Ansel and Clair's American Bowl app is worth a look too.
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom turns learning about the plight of slaves in 1850's America into an interactive adventure of discovery. This first person game immerses you in the experience of being a slave, letting you make your own choices and gather information on your way to freedom, Unique, respectful and a truly clever way to breach this subject with modern students.