Wednesday, July 18, 2012

TimeMaps by Knowledge Quest

From their 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. "

 Price: US $9.95 each

TimeMaps Available Now:
  • Ancient China
  • Rise of the Roman Empire
  • Fall of the Roman Empire
  • The Rise of Islam
  • The Black Death
  • European Exploration
  • Rise of the 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!)  CD Rom edition is $49.95.

Check out the demo video:

The Bentz Test Laboratory loves history and geography.  What could be better than an interactive historical map?!  (maybe chocolate ice cream, but it would be close second...)

TimeMap quotes from my Testers  "These are sooo cool mom, write a great review on these!",  "Most fun map I've ever seen, mom!", "Do we get to keep these?" 

If you have sons and/or visual learners, you will want to put this into their hands.  My testers loved being able to explore through the map, all the while learning and understanding the big picture!  (My girl testers loved it too...)  They were amazed to see how small the world was before European Exploration began, how much of the world experienced the Black Death -and the pockets which were spared from it, the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire.  All so easy to see on these amazing maps!

Here's what I like about it - each TimeMap includes Teacher Notes! (I know, it's a sickness - but I love Teacher Notes)  These are such a valuable resource. Each set contains background information, activities, discussion questions, timelines and printable maps to boot!  Use it as a history curriculum, or a wonderful supplement to a history program- either way, you don't want to miss these.  More historical maps are in development. 

See what the other members of the TOS Review Crew thought here.

I was sent a complimentary download and CD in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.


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