History Here

LQ: 7.3

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Brain grade: 7.6
Fun score: 7

Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 5+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

History Here is an interactive mobile app developed by the History Channel that allows users have access to a library of documented local historic sites. The app uses GPS to find nearby areas of interest, allowing users to explore museums, battlefields, buildings, harbors and other locations of historical significance. History Here can be a fun companion on a weekend getaway or even a commute home from work, bringing to life the history native to a particular area. Users simply input a zip code, city, or state, and the app finds a host of thumbnail locations on a satellite map. Once users highlight an area, they are brought to a History Channel curated description with a photos, relevant website links, and phone numbers, and sometimes a video. Users can even suggest new places of interest to be added to the app. The limited reading required and simple functionality make the app recommended for use with children ages 5 and older.


this app is good for kids who need help with:

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

History Here can make discovering new, interesting places to visit fun and easy, making it a great tool for planning a family trip or weekend getaway. Simply type in a zip code and the app presents proposed destinations like museums, parks, and other significant historical sites. While the app does not include every site worth noting, History Here can still be a helpful planning tool to aid users in realizing the hidden potential of places they may not have considered in the past. For example, while Gettysburg is one of the most well-known battle grounds in the United States, there are many other monuments and memorials worth seeing in the historic Pennsylvania city. Users can even plan short day trips or places to stop by on a drive or bike ride home, inputting their location into the app's GPS from wherever they are.

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

history-here-appHistory Here enables users to become more familiar with the history of their own environment, and can help change their perception of how history has shaped their current lives. Discovering the history hidden out of plain view can help give children a new perspective on things seemingly familiar, giving them an idea of how the effects of events in the past  impact current life, and how the actions we take today will shape the  future of others.

Social Studies / Geography

Social Studies is an all encompassing subject area that combines elements of history, geography, and anthropology  History Here helps users learn all three facets. Museums and battlegrounds that the app features, help users to understand the history of place as it is contextualized on a satellite map. Anthropology or the way cultures have progressed over time can be understood through the many artifacts users will discover at the app's highlighted locations. Although History Here provides users with brief descriptions of historical places and events, they should travel to the places the app showcases to get their own personalized local history lesson.

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