Monday, July 16, 2012

Knowledge Quest {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

There are two things that really make history "come alive"--in my opinion, anyway: Timelines, and Maps. KnowledgeQuest helps with that, by providing, among other things, TimeMaps.

TimeMaps--Maps that Move through Time!

From the website: The goal of TimeMaps is to communicate history in a truly engaging way. To do this, we use a combination of timelines, historical maps and encyclopedic entries merged together to deliver authoritative content that can be digested in an enjoyable way. TimeMaps are computer software files that use Flash - a free program from Adobe. Maps are shown in chronological order at the click of a button and progress at your timing, showing how civilizations, countries and continents have changed over time. Quizzes and encyclopedic entries are included and can be turned on and off at your discretion. TimeMaps are a work in progress with many Ancient and Medieval civilizations having reached completion with more historical topics on the way.

I like how the maps are animated. You click the arrow to the next time period, and watch the kingdom expand, or arrows show where invasions took place, etc. A little pop up box provides you with written document, telling what took place, when and where, etc.

The Botanist Boy was the main tester for this. History is one of his favorite subjects, so I thought this would be a pretty good "fit" for him. He complained a bit about the need to read the information boxes, but that may be because I was trying to move him along to quickly, and trying to have him cover too much information at one sitting.

These would be an excellent supplement to any history curriculum!

There are 7 TimeMap sets (priced at $9.95 per set):
  • Ancient China
  • Rise of Rome
  • Fall of Rome
  • Rise of Islam
  • The Black Death
  • European Exploration
  • Atlantic Slave Trade

The TimeMap Collection includes all 7 sets  - 75 dynamic, animated maps, quizzes and encyclopedic information for each, as well as complete Teacher Notes with activities, map commentaries, timeline pages and student maps to label and color.  All for just $44.95 (Save $24.70 over purchasing individual sets!). Downloads available for either Windows or Mac. Or you could order the collection on CD-ROM, for $49.95 plus shipping, also available for either Windows or Mac.

Other members of the Crew reviewed the MapTrek 6 E-book Set.

Contact Information:
P.O. Box 789
Boring, OR 97009

Phone: 877-697-8611
Fax: 877-229-6137

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Crew has to say about Knowledge Quest.
Disclaimer: As a Schoolhouse Review Crew blogger, I am provided a free copy of the book, curriculum or product to test and use in order to write an honest review. I receive no other compensation and the opinions I share are my own and not influenced by the company in question.
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