One sunny morning in September 2015, I decided to embark on a quest to interest children more in learning about history. I asked myself, “How do we create an educational resource that would engage children and students?” I started by creating my first Social Science educational resource: a paper map with a timeline, and then produced two more. This activity showed me how important it was to link time and geographical space together for students to better understand history. However, this endeavour would take maybe millions of paper maps, and hence it was not feasible.
Then one day my friends, while looking at my map, suggested, “Would it not be cool to have this on an interactive map, where you could click and see the boats move?” I realized then that if we could produce an educational tool that would let the user access a map and interact with it directly, this would revolutionize the way that students learn and teachers teach history. They would be able to create millions of timelines with maps. They could interact with the events that they want to see and create animations of boats moving, link images, videos, write descriptive text and even link to other websites!