Apps to support History or Palaeontology

Notable Apps which can help with the learning of history


Having tablets within the classroom can open up a world of discovery and exploration, especially when teaching History. There are hundreds of apps out there which can support this learning, but we’ve hand-picked the following apps, which promote interactivity, enquiry and engagement. Click on the App image, or the price link to view in the relevant app store:

FirstWorldWarStoryThe First World War Story  (iPad £4.99*)

The First World War Story explores the key events and personalities of the ‘war to end all wars’, which raged from 1914 to 1918. Put together by the team behind BBC History Magazine, it provides a multimedia guide to the origins of the war, the major battles, life in the trenches, the home front and the uneasy armistice.

TimeLineWW2Timeline WW2 with Dan Snow (iPad £9.99*)

With over 100 contemporary British Pathe and other newsreel videos; zoomable timeline of the entire war, over 2000 events filterable to show key personalities, battles, locations; and a detailed day-by-day view of the war, this app is a definitive history of the Second World War, presented by TV historian Dan Snow.

WorldBookDayinHistoryThis Day in History for iPad (iPad Free*)

This Day in History for iPad is an interactive multimedia calendar that displays historical events for the current day or any selected day, along with related media such as photos, illustrations, music, and speeches. You can hear the national anthems of countries on the day they became a nation, listen to presidents’ speeches on the anniversaries of their inaugurations, and play sound clips from famous artists on their birthdays.

HistoryforKidsHistory For Kids (iPad £3.99*)

World History For Kids, A fun and fact-packed application that will take you through the story of mankind like never before! Suitable for Key Stage 2/3 History.  Features : In the beginning ..The Big Bang, Earth and the solar system;  Early Humans; Ancient Egypt; Ancient Greeks; Ancient Romans; Medieval Europe; Great Adventurers of the renaissance; The Age of Enlightenment; The French revolution; The Industrial revolution; World War One; World war Two; Man on the Moon.

DinosaurBookHDDinosaur Book HD: iDinobook (iPad £2.29*)

A comprehensive book of dinosaurs with more than 200 entries and hundreds of pictures, perfectly classified. More than 200 dinosaurs from all varieties, including flying and aquatic are featured – a complete encyclopaedia! Dinosaur descriptions include history, classification, measurements and diet. The Jurassic, triassic and cretaceous periods are included.

ThePyramidsThe Pyramids (iPad £4.99*)

With this beautiful iPad app from Touch Press you can explore the incredible pyramids and tombs of ancient Egypt. Fly around the plateau where the pyramids and the Sphinx are located at Giza near Cairo. Enter and wander around the labyrinthine tombs and passageways. Examine stunning wall paintings in incredible detail, rotate royal statues and spin 3D objects.

BattleCastlesDan Snow’s Battle Castles (iPad £7.99*)

Timeline Battle Castles, is an incredible new way to discover 500 years of medieval history, castles and sieges, with key facts and images of over 100 of Europe’s mightiest castles. The interactive timeline is packed with over 1000 entries that can be searched and filtered to show key castles, weapons, sieges, films, photos and medieval images from 1000 to 1500 AD. Over 500 castle photos, including stunning medieval images from the Middle Ages with a dynamic searchable map locating all of the castles, battles and sieges featured in the app, plus computer generated 360 degree spins around major castles and siege weapons featured in the app.

LinealTimelineLineal TimeLine (iPad £3.99*)

Beautiful Timelines Made Simple. Scroll through time to create, view, and edit events on the scale of millennia or down to the minute. Color tag events to create categories that are easy to filter. Attach photos from your library and search your entire timeline. Make sense of history or make predictions and set goals for the future. Chronicle your life. Lineal is a research tool for all ages.

GCSEModernHistoryRevisionAppGCSE Modern World History – My Revision App (iPhone/Pod £1.49*)

Learn all the facts for your GCSE Modern World History exam. Covering everything you need to know for AQA, Edexcel or OCR, this app will revolutionise your revision and make sure you’re ready for the real thing. This Revision App provides: All the facts you need for the exam; Activities to help you remember them; Extra information for all facts so you can understand them better; ‘Test mode’ so you can go into your exam without fear!

BritishMonarchyThe British Monarchy (iPad £0.79*)

Within this app you will find an exhaustive list of all the British Monarchs. Better yet, your experience is not limited to what is provided, as the application ties directly into web services to provide additional images and other resources so you can continue to explore and learn. Search for keywords, bookmark your favorites, browse images, and have a lot of fun. You might even learn something!

BackInTimeBack in Time (iPad £5.99*)

Back in Time will take you on a stunning exploration of the history of our Universe, Earth, Life and Civilization. A journey through time where each event is documented with social and historical context, several images, an illustrative timeline and little-known interesting facts. Custom made animations bring those events to life, creating an interesting, immersive learning experience. An imaginary clock will guide you through this quest, proposing a simple analogy: the entire Universe started 24 hours ago.

HistoryMapsofEuropeHistory: Maps of Europe (iPad £5.99*)

Explore a series of maps that catalogue the changes of the continent over a vast historical timeline. Featuring 274 historical maps around Europe, the app allows you to group by category or era. Other maps are available for different continents (Click links to view in app store->): Oceania £2.99; Africa £2.99; Asia £2.99; or United States £5.49.

Available_on_the_App_Store_Badge_US-UK_135x40_0824The Above apps are all available on the Apple App Store. Click on the images to view the apps in the app store. *Prices all checked and correct at date of publication.

Other Platforms:

World History Trial (Android, Free)

Chronological presentation of historical topics and events from the Wikipedia. Travel through the fascinating history of mankind from the earliest civilizations to the present. This TrialVersion contains the 17 and 18 Century.

Updated 19 January 2015

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