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American Revolution Interactive Timeline for iPad

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tap, drag, and zoom with objects that bring history to life.

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The range of objects on display in American Revolution Interactive Timeline for iPad is remarkable. From coins to household items to documents to weapons, these images bring the 18th century to life. The images are detailed enough that users can tap, drag, and zoom in to examine details and get a closer look than they'd ever have a chance to in a museum. It's especially compelling that the dates of the time line range before and beyond the dates of the Revolution itself. The images that reveal short video clips are especially good: There's a real emphasis here both on showing evidence and offering analysis of their significance. It would be even better if videos were easily visible on the time line or available as a full list somewhere. It also would be great if users could customize their experience, perhaps by annotating entries for later use or saving entries to a favorites list. As it is, the app is meant to be an extension of the new American Revolution Center museum in Philadelphia, scheduled to open in 2017, so it's likely the developers will continue to improve and expand its features in the years ahead. Overall, this is a solid tool that gives users up-close, detailed access to rare objects.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, events, timelines
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, thinking critically
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 5, 2012
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: History
  • Publisher: BlueCadet LLC
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: February 12, 2019

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