How I Use It
This app can be potentially used as a catalyst for a warm-up exercise like a free write or adding to a daily journal. I projected it in the classroom as students came in at the beginning of the period and asked them to comment on one event, describing why they chose it and what significance it has for the world today. Used within this limited scope, World Book has the potential to ignite an interesting dialogue in your class.
This app is a great idea but is inexplicably lacking in depth. I like the idea of having an easy to use resource that lists important historical events/people for a specific day, yet, why are there so few items per day? Some days have 6+ entries, others have little more than 3. You can't tell me that ANY given day in history couldn't have at least 10+ historically significant occurrences! When you tap on a specific event/person, you get a nice, concise summary, but nothing to help the user conduct more in-depth investigations. Would it be too hard to include a link or two to some additional resources? On the plus side, the controls are easy and intuitive and the visuals are adequate and utilitarian.