About Geo History Map

MPO Educational Enterprises seeks to bring history to life by producing interactive, educational material using innovative technologies to enhance and enrich students’ learning experience.

 

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Statistics

1600

Number of Events

20

Number of Activities

25

Number of Maps

12

Number of Lessons

Our Approach

Several years ago, when I found out that my child was not enjoying history, I asked him why. He replied, “Because it’s BORING!” So I challenged myself to change his mind; I created something for him to learn history in an EASY, INTERESTING and FUN way, GeoHistory Map!

 The idea behind the creation of GeoHistory Map was to present an application that helps students like my son re-live history. I want to help them understand it, to really grasp what happened, and to realize why history is important to them. The goal of GeoHistory Map is to generate interest in students to know more about their history so that they can learn from it. Please join us as we let the knowledge of history shape our future.

Martin Plante

CEO / Owner

MPO Educational Enterprises

 

Our Story

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!

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I searched online to see if such a system already existed and did not find anything. I spoke with people in the industry and most of them said that it was not possible and that some had already tried and failed. But I did not believe that it could not be done, so we decided to look into it and see if we could succeed where many have failed. 

With new programming languages being released, my project seemed like it was within the realm of possibility. As time passed, there were many hurdles and problems. But one by one, week after week, we overcame them. Many times I said to myself and the team, “If it were easy everyone would have done it.”

By September of 2017 we had a good beta version of the program. But the problems were not over because many more corrections and changes needed to be made. Then when teachers and students started using GHM, even more changes were necessary to make it user-friendly. 

And now after spending more then 120,000 man hours Geo History Map is ready! Many people from different fields of study — from programmers, geographers, archeologists, sociologists, anthropologists, lawyers, linguists, educators, students, graphic artists, historians, engineers, cartographer, etc — have worked together to overcome each issue. I believe that one day history will remember what we have accomplished, and generations of teachers and students will embrace this new way of learning. 

Finally, we are launching Geo History Map . It now has the capability to help teachers and students not just learn about history, but to relive it — to make history something that is tangible to them. And helps students to learn history in an EASY, INTERESTING and FUN way. A big thank you to everyone that has contributed in making Geo History Map possible. 

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