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!