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Empires & Interconnections

All New Digital Book

Introducing Empires & Interconnections, the newest edition in the award-winning History Adventures digital book series, whose accolades include the 2019 Horizon Interactive Awards Gold Medal for Best Education App.

This fully interactive, animated digital learning product represents a fresh approach to history education, designed for today’s digital generation.

History Adventures: Empires & Interconnections (1450-1750) combines the latest in mobile entertainment with the power of narrative design—bringing the pages of history to life.

An Age of Exploration, Gunpowder, and International Trade

During this period of colossal change, from 1450-1750, the world got smaller. The age of exploration, gunpowder, and international trade took hold, like never before. Epic empires expanded, and followed trade routes–as European nations battled to control as much of the world’s wealth as possible. The dark side of this explosion of wealth and consolidated power and influence, meant enslavement and ruin for some, as Europeans unknowingly brought diseases that killed millions and meanwhile initiated the gruesome, inhumane Atlantic Slave Trade. Some nations remained autonomous and isolated, such as the Tokugawa of Japan–but this took huge effort to throw off this tide of increasing global interconnectedness.

Empires & Interconnections

For Empires & Interconnections, we have developed 6 new characters–each of whom confronts the core question: how to deal with this tidal sweep of rising empires, will they fold into this interconnectedness, or will they somehow resist?

A World of Characters

We begin our journey in 1453, as Ioannina, a woman of Byzantine and Turkish ancestry, experiences the Ottoman Siege of Constantinople, led by Sultan Mehmed II. The battle hangs by a thread, but ultimately the ancient capital falls, heralding the final death knell of the Roman Empire, and the rise of the Islamic empires of the Middle East, whose control of this critical crossroads will push the emerging mercantile empires of Western Europe to search for a Western route to Asia. Our next character, Luis Felipe Gutierrez, is a Spanish adventurer, who dreams of achieving wealth and glory in the New World–while spreading the word of God–as Columbus, Cortez, and Pizarro had done before him. In the disease-stricken, war-torn mountains and jungles of Peru, he finds instead madness, confusion, and death.

In Tokugawa Japan, a young woman, Ishi, is a key advisor to the powerful warlord, Tokugawa, who strives to achieve the first Shogunate. She will advise Tokugawa on how to deal with these strange, fanatical European missionaries: should she grant clemency, or should she deal with them harshly, and with violence, to stamp out their looming threat. In 1619, we introduce William, a man forcibly brought to the new settlement of Jamestown in Virginia, by Portuguese Slave traders. Captured by English pirates in the Caribbean, William was sold along with 16 other Africans to the struggling Jamestown colony–and there he would be the first to confront an international slave trade that would last for centuries, and grip the lives of millions.

A century later we find one man, Jonas, was still struggling to find his place in the Atlantic World. As trading companies and governments tightened their grip, a few men like Jonas rebelled and turned pirate. Based in the notorious pirate haven of Nassau, in the Caribbean, Jonas plundered merchant ships. The question was for how long he could escape the hangman’s noose? On the other side of the world, in the Indian subcontinent, a Bengali tax collector must decide whether to remain loyal to the Mughal Emperor or side with the rapidly expanding British East India Company. As the company seized control of Bengal on the battlefield, Arun had to decide where his loyalties lay?

What Would I Have Done?
The Best Question About the Past You Can Ever Ask..

Innovative product features

  • Immersive 360 Panorama Environments
  • Animated, Interactive Infographics
  • Enhanced Original Historical Documents
  • Choose Your Own Adventure Experience
  • Animated Illustrations & Dynamic Text
  • AP World History Curriculum
  • Media-Rich Interactive Assessments

Optimized for cross-platform performance, running flawlessly on phones, tablets, and the web.

What the Press are Saying

“Screenwriters have been adapting historical stories for years, but Spencer Striker, PhD is using a new medium to bring history to life—a fully animated, interactive, narrative-driven digital book series.”

– Script Magazine, May 7, 2020

“Spencer Striker’s History Adventures couldn’t have come at a better time. As parents all over the US are scrambling to home school their children, the digital media professor and producer has delivered us the history of the world, in an enticing and entertaining format.”

– Filmdaily, March 24, 2020

History Adventures showcases a fresh approach to learning and literacy, designed for today’s digital generation: interactive, multimodal content that combines mobile entertainment with the power of story—bringing the pages of history to life!

Download History Adventures: Empires & Interconnections today!

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Created by Spencer Striker, PhD
Digital Media Design Professor at Northwestern University in Qatar

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History Adventures Is Starting The Non-Profit Journey

Dear Supporters, Readers, and Ambassadors!

We’ve got great news to share with you!

As you all know, History Adventures was founded with the goal to engage students, and to ignite an ember of curiosity for learning about the past. 

The project has initially started with the development of the first audiovisual book covering the 1750-1900 period (History Adventures, World of Characters, Revolutions & Industrialization). 

But after receiving tons of positive reviews and the first award (we have become the Gold Winner of the Horizon Interactive Awards in the Mobile Apps – Education category), we realized that there is so much more he can do to improve student engagement in learning and take history teaching to the whole new level.

And this is how we decided to begin our nonprofit journey.

Welcome the new History Adventures! 

History Adventures will continue to create a revolutionary interactive learning experience that will enhance and broaden student comprehension of the complex world around them, but now as a non-profit organization.

Moreover, since we are on the mission to make history education accessible, we are planning to keep these books free of charge and available for everyone online.

History Adventures, World of Characters, Revolutions & Industrialization is the first book in the History Adventures next-generation digital book application series that presents a fresh and efficient approach to history education.

The digital book includes lavish illustrations, animation, data visualizations, sound effects, 3D experience, digital post-its (to help students memorize certain definitions), audio comments from a leading historians related to the featured topic, and comprehensive assessments to test students’ knowledge of the relevant topic.

We know how important education is and to make sure everyone has a chance to improve and enrich their knowledge of World History. So we really count on your support. 

Please make a simple and free donation of sharing our digital book with your friends and family–people you think might appreciate it. And let’s make great history education accessible and exciting for everyone.

And once again, thank you all for your support and your kind words about our book. We really appreciate it! 

Best,

Spencer Striker, PhD

Creator of History Adventures

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5 Reasons To Download History Adventures

Watch out people, there is a new kid on the block and it’s revolutionizing the way you learn history: introducing History Adventures

History Adventures is a series of next-generation digital books developed by Dr. Spencer Striker. History Adventures blends the latest innovations in mobile entertainment design and technology – including animation, music, motion, and sound effects, with the powerful storytelling method of narrativizing the life stories of peoples who lived in past centuries, in different ages and locations around the world, with the innovative, cross-disciplinary curricula.

The first book, History Adventures, World of Characters, (1750-1900), presents a fresh approach to history education, designed for today’s digital generation.

What’s History Adventures’ secret? Amazingly, it simply lets you relive history by reading the stories of multiple characters who used to live during a certain period in world history with a click of a finger. 

If you are getting ready for the AP World History Exam, just download History Adventures. Getting ready for the college, voila – History Adventures. Or maybe you are no longer studying, but just want to improve your general knowledge of history, or relax and enjoy a fascinating and engaging book while distracting yourself after a long day – then History Adventures will come in hand too. 

With our streamlined book application, anyone can have a great audiovisual experience at the click of a button! To celebrate our launch, we’ve put together this list of even more reasons why you should download History Adventures.

By the way, you can download History Adventures: World of Characters, (1750-1900) here.

  1. Engaging Learning Experience



    Learning history has never been more exciting! History Adventures provides users with an interactive history learning experience that will enhance and broaden their comprehension of the complex world around them.

    When you first open the book application on your device, make sure you go through the ‘How To Use This Book’ guide since History Adventures is filled with different types of interactive content and you can launch different features at your own comfort by clicking certain icons – additional information, 3D experience, tags (mainly to help you memorize certain definitions), audio comments of the historian related to the featured topic, and much more!

  2. History Has Never Been So… Unboring!
    Innovative applied interaction design research shows how data visualization, musical scoring, interactive maps of time, and documentary-inspired visualizations can bring the pages of history to life, which makes the learning experience incredibly engaging and fascinating.

    We promise, after you start reading, you just won’t be able to stop!

  3. Get Ready To Ace The AP World History Exam (Applicable To Some Other Exams Too)



    We’ve created the History Adventures keeping the AP World History Program curriculum in mind. Therefore, in the actual book, you will be able to see which AP World History: Modern topics exactly are covered in the upcoming pages.

    The best part – you will also be able to test your knowledge about the relevant topic or story with different types of questions.

    Moreover, the book can also be used when preparing for other types of World History exams.

  4. Pure Readaxation
    According to the University of Sussex research, reading for just 6 minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by 68%. Our book will not only help you reduce stress, but you’ll also be able to switch your mind off from your work and daily routine and go on a breathtaking historical journey to the age of Revolutions and Industrialization.

    By the way, you can learn more about the power of reading for pleasure here.

  5. History Adventures is free



    Yes, you read that right! History Adventures is absolutely free to download for everyone.

    We’re available on Apple Books, so just download it now to your iOS device and enjoy the most captivating history book ever.

So why wait? Download History Adventures now!

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Available Now on iTunes!

History Adventures, World of Characters, Book 3: 1750-1900 is now available for download in 51 countries around the world… for free for a limited time only! 

https://books.apple.com/us/book/history-adventures-world-of-characters/id1505237819

History Adventures presents a fresh approach to history education, designed for today’s digital generation.

History Adventures, World of Characters, Book 3: 1750-1900 is now available for download in 51 countries around the world... for free for a limited time only!
History Adventures, World of Characters, Book 3: 1750-1900 is now available for download in 51 countries around the world… for free for a limited time only!

This interactive, multimodal learning experience combines the latest in mobile entertainment with the power of narrative design—bringing the pages of history to life.

History Adventures foregrounds the power of story, narrativizing the experiences of people who lived in past centuries—in different epochs and locations around the globe.

Students will witness the very real moments these very real people lived through, as if they were there. And via the empathy inspired by storytelling: students will feel the life or death stakes of decisions made in the moment.

The January 31, 2020 release covers the Period from 1750-1900 through the lens of 5 amazing people living through complex flash-points in time.

Book 3 Features:

  • Agent 355, (a slave… and an American Revolutionary War spy)
  • Jiemba, (an indigenous Australian at Botany Bay when the British convict ships arrived)
  • Fei Hong, (a Chinese family man, surviving the Opium Wars)
  • Khari, (a native rebel resisting Belgian oppression during the Congo Free State)
  • Thomas Brown, (a muckraking reporter, working to expose the gross malpractice of the Chicago Meatpacking Industry).

History Adventures: the Stories of People in Time, Connected by Eternity… 

Created by Spencer Striker, PhD

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Introducing: Agent 355, American Revolutionary War Spy

United States of America, 1778 CE

“I am not a soldier. I will never wield a musket nor face cannon fire. My place is not upon the battlements nor cutting across a battlefield. I am a spy. Intent upon serving my young nation. As it tears itself away from its infuriated progenitor, Great Britain, I take pride in helping save it from itself. And who better to sneak throughout the halls, eavesdropping conversations as I fill bathtubs and stoke hearths for the chilly evenings? We have a traitor in our midst. An officer by the name of Arnold…”

— Excerpted from History Adventures, World of Characters, Book 3, 1750–1900, created by Spencer Striker, PhD

..coming to iTunes, January 2020..

The future of the book is now.

History Adventures — a next gen digital book experience being developed by an international team of animators, artists, designers, and historians — represents an enhanced, multimodal learning design for 21st Century students.

This media-rich learning experience combines the latest in mobile entertainment — and the power of narrative design — with a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching history: awakening student fascination for the past…bringing the pages of history to life.

The narrative structure will be like zooming in through portals in time, to observe — and feel the drama and excitement — of little slices of lived human experience.

And from these stories, we will extract curricular concepts relevant to a bigger picture understanding of history and its fascinatingly interwoven, cross-disciplinary themes.

History Adventures: the Stories of People in Time, Connected by Eternity..

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Spencer Striker, PhD, discusses History Adventures development during digital media studies panel at Northwestern University in Qatar

Gulf Times: Digital media experts offer innovative courses at NU-Q

The digital revolution is the source of new knowledge generated by research and field experience, the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) community was told at a panel discussion titled “Doing Digital: The Knowledge Component,” which featured new faculty in digital media studies.

 NU-Q faculty (L to R) S Venus Jin, Eddy Borges-Rey, and Spencer Striker discuss new digital media course offerings.

“Digital is more than devices; it is theory and knowledge that creates a conceptual roadmap and enhances understanding. The beneficiaries are our students who transmit what they learn far and wide.”

NU-Q Dean and CEO Everette E Dennis

For several years, the school has moved to strengthen its offerings by attracting world-class faculty including recent hires in digital media studies, digital design, and digital journalism. “These new colleagues represent an important development in the history of our school with deep experience in Europe, Asia, and the US – all centered around digital advances. With their help our school is poised to navigate change and cope with the complexity of a dynamic information society,” Dennis added.

The session was led by Internet expert, Banu Akdinzili, associate professor of communication at NU-Q, who appraised the importance of digital literacy and noted its value in understanding the current and future landscape of media and communication. NU-Q’s new faculty members who participated in the discussion were Eddy Borges-Rey, S Venus Jin, and Spencer Striker, engaged the audience with comments about the definition and importance of the digital media economy and ecosystem.

Drawing on their work on data journalism, video games, and technological entrepreneurship, they discussed current and future research projects and demonstrations.
The three drew on their background at a number of prestigious institutions including the USC Annenberg School for Communication, the University of Wisconsin, and other institutions where they have taught such as Scotland’s University of Stirling, Korea’s Sejong University Business School, and Spain’s University of Malaga.

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STEP 2018 Showcase

Big History Adventures Showcased at STEP Start 2018
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EduTECH Middle East 2017 Presentation; Case Study: A New Digital Learning Experience with Big History Adventures

Dr. Spencer Striker presents Big History Adventures at EduTECH Middle East, November 2017

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Web Summit 2017, ALPHA Exhibition – FX Demo

Dr. Spencer Striker presents Big History Adventures fx demo at the Web Summit 2017, ALPHA Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal, November 7-9
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Big History Adventures Makes the Top 10 of the 2017 Dubai Smartpreneur Competition

Big History Adventures – Top 10 Finalist

-10 business ideas shortlisted for final round of the competition

-Top 3 winners to receive cash prizes and access to training and support

-Al Zaabi: High number of promising submissions reflects strong innovative culture of Dubai’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is set to announce the winners of the 2nd cycle of the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition on May 17th, during the closing ceremony of the ArabNet Digital Summit 2017.

Ten ideas have been shortlisted for the final round of the competition, which requires candidates to present their ideas at ArabNet. The top 10 submissions are: Drivu, mobile application that enables any restaurant or coffee shop to have a drive thru facility; FriendyCar, for car sharing service; Nester, mobile based parking rental platform that connects parking owners with people looking for place to park; CorporateStack, web-based solution that is designed to manage and improve business processes; TruKKer Technologies, for trucking and shipping business; Smart School Solutions, an app used by teachers, students and parents to learn and track progress; WYN, for innovative learning solutions including digital business training games; Big History Adventures, an interactive idea for next generation for history learning experience; YallaShip, an app for cargo shipping; NOW Money, app based current accounts for people earning less than 5,000.

The Chamber initially received more than 700 innovative ideas in the competition’s current cycle, an increase of 100% compared to the 350 submitted last year. These were narrowed down to 50 and the top 10 candidates later qualified for the final round. An expert panel of judges from Dubai’s entrepreneurship community is tasked with evaluating shortlisted ideas and selecting the winners.

The top three winners will receive cash prizes and access to training, and support, which is designed to help them turn their business ideas into a reality. The competition, open to all UAE-based entrepreneurs, required participants to submit ideas that support one of the Smart Dubai dimensions, namely smart economy, smart living, smart mobility, smart governance, smart environment, smart people, and smart ICT infrastructure.

The competition, launched in cooperation with the Smart Dubai Office, aims to strengthen the role of entrepreneurs in contributing to Dubai’s Smart City vision. Applications for the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition are evaluated based on the following criteria: the specific problem addressed by the business idea, the idea’s value proposition, customers’ need for the product or service, and the idea’s ability to support one of the Smart Dubai dimensions.

Essa Al Zaabi, Senior Vice President, Institutional Support Sector, Dubai Chamber and General Coordinator of Tejar Dubai, said the high number of promising submissions this year reflects the strong innovative culture of Dubai’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, adding that many of ideas can support Dubai’s Smart City transformation.

Joining this year’s panel are: Hans Henrik Christensen, Director, Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Centre, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, Saoud Mohammed Al Jassem, Division Head – Head – Government Banking Division, DNE, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Sulaf Saleh Al-Zu’bi, CEO of INJAZ UAE, Tarek Ghobar, Startup Manager, 1776 Dubai, Fahad Al Bannai,  CEO of Axiom, Rekha Setpal, Head of Community Services, DIC and In5, Marwan Salem Abu Nawas Al Mheiri, Head of Business Banking, Emirates Islamic Bank, Saif Al Shafar, Chairman of Tejar Dubai Youth Council, Nadine Halabi, Business Development Manager, Dubai Business Women Council, Mohammed Mahgoub, Administration Director, Dubai Chamber, Wael Abu Shadi, Finance Director, Dubai Chamber, Talal Al Mazrooei, Senior Vice President Head of Distribution, Liabilities and Wealth Management, EmiratesNBD, and Dr. Abdul Kareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation.