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Educators Teach History a New Way
Top down learning augments traditional approach.

K-12 SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES EVERY WHERE-- Schools and home schools using the Animated Atlas products are teaching history in an alternative way -- from the top down. Students are learning the overall picture first, and then once they get excited, exploring the details later.
    This approach can augment the more traditional approach of moving forward period by period, by providing the student with a second way to view this complex subject.
    Tests indicate that the old method isn't always working. Students regularly miss the overall picture. Many students finish their education not knowing which country lies to the south of the United States, or in which century the Civil War occurred. This incredible ignorance of the simplest overall facts may be due to never explicitly experiencing them. "While today's textbooks provide more and more context, we have a long way to go in what could be a whole new form of instruction," said Peter Mays, chief designer of the Animated Atlas product line.


Families Trace Their Ancestors' Migrations

GENEALOGY LIBRARIES EVERYWHERE -- Families are using the enhanced version of "Growth of a Nation" to learn more about their ancestors. Once they know the place and dates of family tree members, family researchers use the program to study the land and the options available during their ancestors' time. With the handy population layer, they choose any year between 1790 and 2005 and see the country displayed at the selected date: the existing states and territories, the density of population, where people settled, and the big cities. Researchers can also study the position and range of the Indians, a major concern in the early expansion west.
    Eight movies tell the stories of when, why, where, and how people moved from the first migrations across the Appalachian Mountains in the 1790s into Kentucky and Tennessee, to the Gold Rush of 1849, which opened the entire west to intent miners. "There's a real excitement when you finally understand why your relatives ended up where they did," said Jeff Lawson a Salt Lake City genealogy enthusiast and retired Junior High School history teacher who has fallen in love with the program.


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The Native American Story

This enhanced version has thorough coverage of Native American history. Informative articles cover Indian history in the timeline by year. From another angle, the individual history of each tribe is available by clicking its name. (Roll over the name to see the original range of the tribe.)
    The transformation of the tribes into reservations is animated, and information on the reservations is charted. Thus this complex, tragic history can be grasped by every American. ("Preview-1844" below has some of the tribal histories.)


Preview-1844

One year, 1844, is available to allow the viewer to test the interactive features of the population layer. Try using the settings panel, or roll over a city and click it, or roll over a Native American tribal name and click it for a window of information. Click the orange arrow for one of eight migration movies. A "Help" button in the upper right corner brings up instructions for the population layer, or click help here.
Click the image below to expand the demonstration movie for 1844. (Even with broadband it may take a minute for the Native American information to become available.)


Technical Notes

This product plays on PC or Mac platforms. It is written in Flash, and incorporates the earlier movie "Growth of a Nation" which is currently available on the website. System requirements--PC: Windows 98, ME, XP or later; NT 4.0, 2000, or later. Macintosh: Mac OS 9.1 or later; OS X version 10.1 or later.  


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These are the instructions sold with the enhanced version.

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Enhanced version has three layers:
US history, population, and timeline, with all three linked by year.

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -- "Growth of a Nation enhanced" is an expanded version of the popular Flash movie "Growth of a Nation" on the Animated Atlas site. (See this movie at Growth of a Nation). The original US history movie animates geography to illustrate the growth of the nation from 1789 in ten minutes. The enhanced version (available for $19.95 on the order page) contains the same movie, but has two additional layers:
1) The population layer covers the growth of cities and rural population. It has eight movies on the major migrations before 1850, and it illustrates the history of the major Native American tribes.
2) The Timeline layer headlines major historical events from 1770 to 2010. It is linked to each year in the enhanced version. In addition, the presidents, society, and native American events have short informative articles.
    Public school, home schools, and people tracking their family history will be well served by this enhanced version.
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New Preview of the Enhanced Version

AUGUST 1, 2012 -- A shortened version of "Growth of a Nation enhanced" is now available, covering the years 1789 to 1810. All the features of the CD-ROM version can be tried out within this range, on all three layers--US History, Population, and Timeline. Go to preview demo for this trial version.
View a demo of the entire enhanced version.

Timeline enhanced

The American History Timeline, which is available on the website, is linked to each year of history in this enhanced version. Moreover, it is interactive, with 149 articles available on historic events. Every president has a biography, and you can read short articles on social and domestic events throughout US history, as well as longer articles tracing the story of the American Indian.
    (The Timeline in this enhanced version does not have the WOMEN and LABOR layers, which are recent additions to the website Timeline.)
    PRINT TIMELINE: Adobe Acrobat .pdf files to print the timeline as a banner are on the CD-ROM.
 

Population Layer Has Rich Interactive Uses

The Settings Panel is the heart of the Population layer. Use the settings panel to select a palette of data options for display, as well as eight migration movies, which can also be viewed as a single ten minute film.
 

See Cities Grow

The image to the right illus-trates how the cities grow over time (this is speeded up), and how to get population.
Click the image to play the short movie.

Watch Tribal Changes

Major Indian tribes are first represented as names in yellow on the map. As the west is settled, the Indians are moved onto reservations.
Click the image below to play a demonstration of one of the many Indian migrations contained in the CD.