History Today is a free app which provides new content for each day, including videos, images, quotes, events from history and more. It is a rich collection of multiple media for social studies classes.
History Today is an iOS app which does a good job of bringing interesting media to classroom discussion and research in history. There is a compilation video for most days (which comes via a youTube link) and the usual list of births, deaths, and other events for each day. Additionally, there is a great collection of “History Images” which link current news items with historical facts and stories. For example, sibling rivalry in the Super Bowl and other sibling rivalries in history, or the Pope’s resignation and information on the Pope throughout history.
Please note, this app does have small advertisements on the bottom of most screens. I wish it didn’t, and I would be willing to pay a small price for this app to be ad-free, but that is not a choice I can make. Fortunately it is targeted for middle and high school students and, as such, advertisements are a little more palatable.
The highly engaging videos and the interesting stories which tie the present and the past would make good use of the beginning of a period quick discussion, focus activity or even writing prompt. Some articles or media would provide impetus for further research. Some students would enjoy exploring this app on their own as well. Students I shared the app with were interested int he music and art history portions of the app.
Free (when posted on 2/16/2013)
iOS app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.