What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that myHistro is a site where kids can create multimedia presentations of events that have happened in history or in their own lives. The presentations are very map-oriented, so young geography lovers will have fun organizing the information. Most of the browsable stories are pretty serious, and younger kids may zone out when they read some of the titles, such as "Papacy in the Middle Ages" or "Cuban Missile Crisis." But they should enjoy creating simpler personal stories.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- collecting data
- part-whole relationships
- combining knowledge
- making new creations
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
- digital creation
- social media
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will have fun plotting out the locations and events of summer vacations and personal events, and the site enlivens historical content that can sometimes be hard to visualize.
Kids can comment on their peers' stories, asking questions or sharing support. They'll learn to tell a story both visually and with words, skills they'll be able to use in future multimedia projects.
An FAQ list covers the basic questions, and there are Facebook and Twitter pages where you can get updates. Data is safely saved as well as shareable through social media.
What's it about?
MYHISTRO is a website that combines maps and time lines into multimedia representations of personal or historical events. Create an account with an email address and a password, then start creating a story and time line. By adding \"event\" details, such as text, photos, and video, plus the locations where they were taken, you create a slide with all the information you just entered. Events can stand alone or become part of a bigger story, like \"France Vacation 2011.\" You can label events by type; some of the categories to choose from are Family, Learning, Travel, and Good Times. Time lines can be shared through social media channels or embedded.
Is it any good?
It's cool to see certain stories in a visual format. For example, you can observe the progression of the Black Death pandemic, watching as it jumps from Asia, where it began, to Europe, while information bubbles pop up to explain what happened in each location. MyHistro is serious about history, and it offers a lot of informative, detailed time lines of historical events.
The 3D Battles are an interesting idea; users can watch 3-D animations of recreations of actual battles, with detailed close-ups of the armor and weapons used. Although they're a little gruesome, and done in the style of a video game, it's likely that they're historically accurate. As of this review, only two 3D Battles are available on the site. But if you want to see the War of 1812, there's a spot to send in your battle requests. In terms of using the site to create your own story, myHistro isn't quite as slick as some of its competitors, like Historypin. With a team hailing from Estonia, the site has some slightly distracting English errors, and the design could be better.
Families can talk about...
Has your family maintained a family tree? Talk to your kids about the role of ancestry and lineage in earlier time periods and cultures. What motivates people to learn more about where they came from?
If you've traveled recently, work together as a family to create a time line of the trip, adding photos and videos from each city or town. Young kids will love seeing themselves on the map, and the activity can give them a better understanding of place.