History lessons can be very boring mainly where students have to go on cramming dates and years of important historical events. You will know it much better if you are a teacher of history and find it difficult to keep the attention of your students. In case you are wondering about how to make the history lessons more interesting and increase the good atmosphere or fun quotient, try using interactive maps.
Interactive maps can come handy for research related to various historical events. Not only it can bring digital history to your doorsteps through some map of timeline, graphics, symbols and texts (via pop-up and roll-over boxes), but also many of these maps have links to various historical societies (local, national and international). Some interactive maps offer a valued added service by integrating research tips to help students and teachers dig more deep into a specific aspect of the historical location or event in order to come up with more interesting facts. Be it the first opium war in China, or Storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution, you can explore many details by using interactive maps.
Whether you would like to take your students on a walking tour of the Harappa civilization or want to let your students know the route taken by Hiuen Tsang during his journey from China to India, you can get your students involved with the use of interactive maps. With pop up text, zoom in feature and roll over boxes offering additional information about specific areas of the map, you can even go beyond the prescribed text to discuss a few relevant matters in class, and making the history lessons seem like taking a few steps back in time. Imagine how thrilling it would be to take a virtual walk past the maze of lanes and by-lanes of Harappa, use relevant symbols to find out the location of drinking water wells, bathing houses, and sewage drains etc to understand the highly sophisticated system of waste removal in those days. Rather than cramming up stale text, such interactive learning would make students more interested in the lessons and retain the details for life. Many interactive maps also come packed with student quizzes, which can create a competitive atmosphere in the class and test how much every student has learned from the lessons and the maps. So, whether it's the historical facts of Africa, Europe, or Asia, your students can test their mettle using the quizzes.
Interactive maps act as a great resource to make history lessons fun and interesting, also helping the research related work. If you still haven't used it, it's time to let your students use these maps as a great starting point for amassing general and specific information about various historical locations and events.
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