myHistro and Education

We have worked with history for years and created different ways how to organize and present historic events and to tell stories from the past (educational history, corporate history, personal memories, family history etc.). Our different services (www.myhistro.com and www.histrodamus.ee) have won several awards (incl. Science Popularization Grand Award, World Summit Award and Best Estonian e-service) and it is said in media: “Histrodamus has made a gigantic step for introducing complicated history, making a dry history (lesson) interactive and visually attractive.”

We believe that myHistro is a great teaching tool which supports learning (of history, geography, biology) in several ways:

                  General /timelines
o   Our tools allow students to study history interactively and on the Web, making history learning more appealing to digital natives.
o   myHistro visualizes historic processes and events in map and timeline, allows to understand simultaneously all three dimensions of a story: where, when, and how.
o   Allows to better understand the whole narrative and how different historic events influence each other.

In the Classroom

o   Teacher can easily prepare interactive materials for every lesson,
o   Interactive learning by watching and commenting stories,
o   Can be used for grading and testing very easily;

At Home

o   Ideal for creating independent projects (homeworks) in history or geography. It is a great tool to asses a student’s understanding of a specific subject and be sure that the student is not just memorizing dates and names but is actually connecting the dots,
o   Students can use the timelines created by the teacher to study at home and prepare for tests,
o   Well suited for group assignments due to various collaboration tools (co-authors, exporting information into CSV or KML, commenting, Follow this story etc.),
o   On Myhistro, students never stop learning. Thanks to “Today in History“ notifications they can recall something they already learned or even learn something new.
Here are some sample views/options below:

1.       Map&timelineview (history class project about Civil War),
2.       Story summary view (History of the sports league),
3.       Read more view (Geopolitical events of the past decade),

and

4.       Embedded sample story of modern Olympic Games.

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About myhistro

myHistro is an interactive chronicle, a new way of social blogging for individuals and organizations. It is the simple way for telling stories and keeping histories alive. www.myhistro.com combines maps, timelines, photos, videos and blogs/posts to capture past events or memories and tell stories. myHistro can simultaneously visualize all three dimensions of a story: where, when, and how.
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