My Histro

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Hey everyone! I wanted to tell you about My Histro (interactive timeline) as this was brought to my attention from a poster. I thought I would check it out and I am very impressed. I think it would be great to use with your students, so they can have an up close and personal connection with history which includes the use of technology and media. I also love the collaboration aspect of this tool. My Histro also has an App you can download.

In today's Web 2.0 world, user generated content and collaboration are what drives knowledge and knowledge sharing. The time of passivity and being subjected to what the web has to offer is long gone. Even "interactive" has been replaced by "social". -Enter myHistro- MyHistro focuses on content creation rather than content consumption. Teachers and the students alike can create free interactive timelines in a few easy steps. 

"Studying a timeline" vs "Creating a timeline"

Now teachers have two great ways of using our timelines to engage their students:
  1. Teachers can create specific timelines, present them in the class using a projector like they would do with a slide deck or let the students navigate the timeline freely on their own in the computer room. Students will be able to find those same timelines later at home and use them as studying material.
  2. Teachers can ask their students to create timelines on a particular subjects as homework. Timelines can also be created with the collaboration of other students. They are a great way of consolidating what has been learned in the class and with them teachers can evaluate the research and writing skills of the student. See this example of timeline created by a student:

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