About the Apps
Through the study of world history, students gain an understanding of current world issues and international relations. To fully understand the present, one often needs to understand the past, relating current situations to geographical, historical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. A global and historical perspective includes a better understanding of our world, both past and present.
For reasons detailed in this section, these are the five best apps for high school-aged students of world history.
Timeline Eons and Back in Time are excellent apps that explore the history of the world, its people, and events. These two apps provide a perspective of the sequence of events, and an understanding how our world has changed socially, geographically, politically, and culturally.
Virtually History ROMA and World War II Interactive give perspectives of those events from the past. Both of these apps are highly recommended for the study of the issues, people, and events that transpired during those time periods. The media provided in both of these apps is of extremely high quality.
The remaining app in this collection is the National Geographic World Atlas. This is a great resource for information and data related to today's world, including the continents, countries, and cities.
World history state standards include the following topics, which have been condensed to basic, general statements regarding student learning. The list below has been paraphrased from the tenth grade California State Standards:
- Relate moral and ethical principles in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, in Judaism, and in Christianity to the development of Western political thought
- Compare the Glorious Revolution of England, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution and their effects on self–government and individual liberty
- Analyze the Industrial Revolution and its effects in England, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States
- Analyze patterns of global change in the area of New Imperialism as it relates to different countries
- Analyze the causes and course of the First World War
- Analyze the rise of totalitarian governments after World War I
- Analyze the causes and consequences of the Second World War
- Analyze the international developments in the post–World War II world
- Analyze instances of nation–building in the contemporary world as it relates to different continents and regions
- Analyze the integration of countries into the world economy and the information, technological, and communications revolutions
The use of the apps in this collection will provide a greater understanding of our world, both in the past and as it exists today. With that understanding and knowledge, students will be better prepared for the today's global economy and the understanding of international relations as they move into their future professions.
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