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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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TOP 10 Best History Apps And Books That Will Make Learning History Interactive

If you are craving to find out more about the past, History is definitely the perfect subject for you. However, studying history is not only important because it allows us to understand our past, but it also helps us make more sense of the current world.

However, who wants to study history from a boring or difficult book?

Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of the most engaging and interesting history books and apps that are suitable both for educational purposes and for general interest. So, whether you’re a high school student, a business owner or a retired person, we are absolutely sure that you will enjoy all of the items listed here.

  1. History Adventures, World of Characters, (1750-1900)
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    The first item on our list falls under the book category, but it’s much more than a standard history book, it’s much more than that! Developed by Spencer Striker, History Adventures is taking world history learning to a whole new level with 3D experiences, data visualizations, sound effects, and amazing graphics. Moreover, you will also be able to test your comprehension by taking a quiz by the end of each topic.

    But the best part is that it is absolutely free to download. But hurry up! It’s only free for the next few weeks.

    Download History Adventures now on iTunes.

  2. BBC History Magazine
    The UK’s best-selling history magazine is now available on iTunes!

    Every month the app publishers assemble leading specialists to explore a variety of historical topics – from ancient civilizations to the two world wars. Every issue includes an extensive reviews section, interesting ideas for cultural trips and breaking history news.

  3. History In Pictures

    This interactive guide formed from the latest pictures of historical events from around the globe is now available for Android users.

    You will be able to browse hundreds of historical photos including People, Wars, Events, and Creative moments from world history, that have been uploaded to the app in the last 24 hours.

  4. Civilisations AR
    Yes, another product created by BBC, but this is their first Augmented Reality app. Explore over 30 astonishing artifacts from around the world at the convenience of your home or office.

    This free AR app comes from a major collaboration between the BBC, Nexus Studios and over 30 museums from across the UK, and it is now available for both iOS and Android users.

  5. The Civil War Today
    The Civil War Today is an award-winning app created exclusively for the iPad 150 years after the start of the American Civil War. The users can explore the war as it unfolded, one day at a time, with daily updates that let you re-live the events in real-time.

    You will also be able to browse thousands of original documents, maps, photos, and newspaper broadsheets.

  6. The Book of Kells

    The Book of Kells is one of the most remarkable illustrated manuscripts and the most complex manuscript of its kind to survive from the early Middle Ages. Currently, it is on display in the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

    The app helps users explore the most exquisite details of 21 of the 9th-century manuscript’s best pages at up to 6 times their initial size.

  7. cdli tablet
    Developed by the University of California, “cdli tablet” is exclusively an iPad app that covers the cultural heritage of ancient Mesopotamia. The app includes text and images of ancient Mesopotamia that span 3500 years of human activity and describe the origins of trade, astronomy, and mathematics in ancient times.

    The best part – entries are updated daily.

  8. TimeTours: Uxmal
    TimeTours is a time travel guidebook that will take you on a virtual trip to the past using modern 3D reconstructions. Its ‘Now and Then’ time windows let users experience what the cities looked like in the ancient world.

    The app costs $5.49 and is available in English, German, Spanish. By the way, it is also currently used in the Cambridge Friends School iPad pilot program.

  9. The Presidents – Flash Cards

    If you’re looking for the fastest and easiest way to learn the Presidents, the Presidents app will definitely have you covered! It contains gorgeous flashcards for all forty-five Presidents of the United States – from George Washington to Donald Trump.

    And you will also be able to test your knowledge by turning the information off in the “Tap to Reveal” mode.

  10. Kings & Queens: 1,000 Years of British Royalty
    This easy to use iTunes app contains both magnificent digital portraits of Britain’s royal family and comprehensive descriptions of their characters and accomplishments.

    Telling the story of the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this is a perfect starting point for anyone with an interest in the Royal Family.

With these apps and books, you will definitely have an endless supply of historical facts and stories. In particular, at History Adventures, we go the extra mile to take your history learning to the next level.

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments which app or book you’ve enjoyed most. 

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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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Our official launch trailer!

History Adventures, World of Characters, Book 3, (1750-1900).

A fresh approach to history education, designed for today’s digital generation.

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 quality storytelling, students will feel the life or death stakes of decisions made in the moment.

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

Book 3 Features

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

History Adventures, World of Characters, Book 3 (1750-1900), will go live on iTunes, January of 2020, available for download around the world!

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

Created by Spencer Striker, PhD

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History Adventures Now Live on the iBooks Store!

Download from iBooks Today!

After years in development, our team is proud to announce that History Adventures, Ch. III Conscribo, is now live on iBooks around the world and available to download to any iOS device! Download and experience our enhanced history learning experience today!

History Adventures enhanced history learning experience now live on iBooks!
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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 – AUD professor presents new App

AUD Assistant Professor of Digital Media Dr. Spencer Striker presented a new digital learning prototype, called Big History Adventures, being developed in collaboration with key members of the International Big History Association.

Big History, an emerging academic discipline that examines history from the Big Bang to the present was discussed at AUD recently by Dr. Jonathan Markley, of Cal State Fullerton, who presented an engaging overview of Big History’s cutting-edge innovation in visual educational multimedia.[1]

Championed by such thought leaders as Bill Gates, who finances the Big History Project, this cutting-edge, macro-level, interdisciplinary approach to world history curricula is increasingly influential around the world.

About Big History Adventures – by Dr. Spencer Striker
Building a digital learning experience to be produced in association with the International Big History Association. Featuring contributions by leading scholars of world history, the app will tell the Little Big History of Human Collective Learning from the origins of spoken language on the plains of Africa to the paintings of the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave; from the invention of cuneiform in Mesopotamia to the audio-visual revolution of the 20th century; and beyond.

Leveraging my original research and expertise in mobile app development, the project will demonstrate how data visualization, big data, interactive maps of time, musical scoring, sound design, branching paths, game-based assessments, and embedded documentary can bring the pages of history to life. [2]

Promotional Poster for Dr. Spencer Striker’s Big History Adventures FX Demo at AUD


About Big History
Big History examines long time frames using a multidisciplinary approach based on combining numerous disciplines from science and the humanities and explores human existence in the context of this bigger picture. It integrates studies of the cosmos, Earth, life, and humanity.

Big History examines the past using numerous time scales, from the Big Bang to modernity. If conventional history focuses on human civilization with humankind at the center, Big History focuses on the universe and shows how humankind fits within this framework, and places human history in the wider context of the universe’s history.

Big History draws on the latest findings from biology, astronomy, geology, climatology, prehistory, archaeology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, chemistry, psychology, hydrology, geography, paleontology, ancient history, physics, economics, cosmology, natural history, and population and environmental studies as well as standard history, to draw an unprecedentedly complete portrait of the human story in the universe as we know it.