Time Search

Have you ever sat through a history class and asked yourself, how can this be better? Well there is certainly a solution to this problem. Time Search  is a tool in which users can find out useful historical information based on a simple timeline. For example, if one wanted to know what occurred in 300 BC, they would simply type the number 300 in the upper left-hand corner and specify whether the time you are looking for is either AD or BC. Once the user clicks on the “Go” button, all the information is readily available and new insight is gained.

Also, if one were to look up something specific such as the inquisition, they could go to the search toolbar next to “timeline sites” bar and put in the inquisition and click “search” to find a wealth of information such as pictures or articles. Not only this, but there are two other options in the same box which are “areas” and “themes”. The “areas” button once one clicks on it will show the different regions of the world if one were to look for a specific place in which a historical event took place and the “theme” button lets one choose a particular theme ranging from arts to war. This would be very helpful if one were to look for something specific to that time such as looking up certain art pieces that were created during the Renaissance era.  Time Search would be very helpful for educators in the field of history considering that it is very much pertained to history only. Even though this tool has a wealth of information in it already spanning several thousand years, the information for each year is somewhat brief so it would also be helpful to also do some general research when possible.

After reading Richard Byrne’s blogpost, I realized that this tool is also incredibly simplistic and very easy to use. It is also possible to view Time Search in their sponsor site, History World. Also, it would also be important to look at Marcus P. Zillman’s blogpost considering that there is also background information such as who created the actual tool, when it was first introduced to the internet, and how many events are actually in the Time Search database which according to Zillman is around 10,000 and it would appear that the numbers are continuing to grow. There does not seem to be a very good video tutorial that I was able to find on the internet, however I do not think one was needed in the first place because the simple fact is that this tool is insanely easy to use and it really is just typing in either a date or the name of an event that took place.

One could also read the “about” page in order to learn more about this tool as well. Personally, I believe this tool is quite honestly fantastic and it’s a good way to find out specific dates of when events occurred. Also, to reiterate what has already been discussed before, there is another blogger by the name of Phil Bradley who has also wrote about Time Search in his blogpost and gives a very brief but to the point overview of what Time Search is and how people can use it.

In conclusion, Time Search is a very unique tool that is very accessible to everyone and no monitoring would need to be done with students considering the fact that there is nothing inappropriate that would be found in this particular tool and all the information is very accurate. I know I will more than likely use this tool in order to help my students better understand when certain events took place!

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8 Responses to Time Search

  1. Erin M. says:

    Madison, I think this is a really great tool! I am one of those people that I never really been interested in history. In general, I think that is because I have always had history teachers that lecture the whole class and go through hundreds of years in one year, then expect you to have it all memorized for a final. At that point I end up scrabbling through a years worth of notes wondering what decade each section is on. I think that Time Search would be the perfect tool that would help students like me organize the subject of history. The way you explain it makes it seem like such a simple tool that would change a lot of peoples’ minds about the subject of history. Thanks for showing it to us!

  2. Holly G. says:

    As a future secondary History educator, I think this tool sounds great. I think it would be a useful tool for an engaging homework or classwork assignment because I could give students specific years and have them figure out how they all relate based on the events given by TimeSearch. It could also be important for helping my students understand what was happening in the world at the same time. For example, the American Revolution occurred in the 1700s. I could have my students look up the years of the war and see what else was happening in the world to see if they could make connections. I agree that TimeSearch can be a very useful tool for engaging students, particularly in history or social studies class. I definitely plan on using it for homework and classwork in my future classroom. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Katie R. says:

    Great post Madison! I think this TimeSearch is such a great tool because it allows students to not be so bored by the old traditional history lecture and instead use this organizational tool to help them understand history as a whole before they try to understand specific events that their teacher is discussing. Connections between what events were going on in the world at the time that the students are studying allows for understanding the world around them. It’s a great way to keep students engaged and I know that I will definitely be using it as a teacher!

  4. Rebecca S. says:

    For many students, historical dates can be overwhelming and boring, but this tool adds a level of interactivity and fun to a subject that some students do not enjoy. Time Search seems very simple and easy to use and also very informative. Time lines were something that I created a lot for projects or study guides in just about every grade, so I think Time Search would be very helpful for students when creating them. It is also great that the information provided on Time Search is safe for student viewing. This tool will prevent them from doing Google searches where information is less reliable.

  5. Sarah C says:

    Although I’m not going to be a history teacher, I really like all that this site has to offer in terms of things I would teach to my students about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. I especially like the fact that you can search by category and other filters to narrow your search to be more relevant. This is a tool I would love to explore more, thanks for the great information!

  6. Riley K says:

    I know your a history major and this seems like a great tool you can use in your classroom. Using this technology when you are discussing a major year in history makes it a lot easier to explain the time period with different sort of events from the same year. Category filtering allows for a smaller more specific search. It brings a new way to search for history facts on a certain time period, instead of going in a boring book and looking at facts or searching all over the internet, this provides a new fun way to go about finding information.

  7. Christiana C. says:

    Great post Madison! I have always found history to be very interesting but I always had trouble memorizing all the dates and events in order. This tool seems like a great way to organize history and its dates. This would be a really neat tool to use in the classroom because you can focus on specific years and everything that happened in those years. I think this is a great alternative to lecture and note taking which can be especially tedious in a subject like history. Overall great blog post! I can’t wait to play around with this tool myself!

  8. Kendall C says:

    This is really cool! Though you mentioned it would be exceptionally useful in a history class, I could definitely see my students and I using it in my English class to look up historical background information for novels that we read in class. For example, teachers could use it to break students up into different groups to research parts of history that are mentioned in the novel, would influence the author’s writing, etc. It’s like sorting through hundreds of textbooks at one time to find just the right information!

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