FAQs

General Questions

There are three types of procedures to purchase your products.

  • A download email will come to you shortly after you have checked out.
    • This download email can end up in your spam folder.
  • Within 24 hours, Mr. Harms will set up your account on Historysimulationonline.com- for products that are on the online platform.
    • Historysimulationonline.com is a different website from the one you ordered on. You will receive an email telling you that you are ready to register on that site. Follow the instructions (Online Materials) to register after receiving an email from Mr. Harms.
  • Mr. Harms will need to process your order, usually within 24 hours or sooner.
  • A download email will then come to you after your order has been processed.
  • Rest of the processes are the same as using a PayPal Account.
  • You will order through the shopping cart using the ‘Purchase Order System’ or ‘Print & Call’
    • This will generate the invoice that you need for your school.
  • You will need to email a picture or scan of the school’s Purchase Order to Mr. Harms.
  • Mr. Harms will then process the order.
  • A download email will come to you after your order has been processed.
  • Rest of the processes are the same as using a PayPal Account.
  • How many simulations or classes can I make with my subscription?
    A: As many as you want.
  • Can students use their computers, laptops, iPads to access the maps?
    A: Yes, each simulation has a link to a read-only-map that updates itself every time they refresh their browsers.
  • Age group: 5-12
  • Time/Length: orientation: 30 min, simulation (4-5) 40 minute periods.
  • Materials: word and excel documents, no online platform at this time.
  • Age Group: 7-12
  • Time/Length: orientation: 20 min, simulation (2-3) 40 minute periods.
  • Materials: word and excel, pages documents.
  • Online Platform: One-year subscription included with a lesson plan. 
  • Renewal: $15.00/year.
  • Age Group: 7-12 (has been done as low as 4th grade)
  • Time/Length: orientation: 40 min, simulation (3-4) 40 minute periods
  • Entire Class Simulation: whole class is involved in the simulation.
  • Materials: word and excel documents.
  • Online Platform: One-year subscription included with a lesson plan.
  • Renewal: $20.00/year.
  • Age Group: 7-12, Elementary Version: 4-8 and works well for lower-level classes
  • Time/Length: orientation: 40 min, simulation (5-6) 40 minute periods.
  • Online Platform: One-year subscription included with a lesson plan.
  • Renewal: $20.00/year.
  • Age Group: 9-12 (Has been done as low as 5th grade and college).
  • Time/Length: orientation: 40 min, simulation (7-8) 40 minute periods
  • Resources: Countries that don’t have any won’t show up.
  • Alliances: I announce the public ones and have them keep the secret ones.
  • Online Platform: One-year subscription included with a lesson plan.
  • Renewal: $20.00/year

When you add troops, they appear in the bottom left-hand corner of the map- then you move them where you want them.

This is the problematic part of the program. We would have students keep track of the spreadsheets they have. The program is accurate, but the viewing part on resources can give false information. You have to trust it and explain to kids that it may look wrong-but inside the program, it’s working correctly.

The resource values located in each country that appear on the map do not change. The reason for this is that you can’t move an oil well or a coal mine. Resources transfer when captured or transferred inside the program, but they still originate from those zones to which they are located. That’s one of the things that makes those regions of strategic importance.

Double click on the name of the country on the map.

World War 1 Map Activity

  • Age Group: 7-12 (Has been done below 7th and college)
  • Time/Length: orientation: 40 min, simulation (2-3) 40 minute periods.
  • If you have more students than countries, appoint foreign ministers to each.
  • Online Platform: One-year subscription included with a lesson plan.
  • Renewal: $20.00/year.
  • I always start with an Incognito window: Chrome or a Private Window: Safari. This should start you with a clean cache.
  • Always clear the cache/history before each session/class period. This will dramatically reduce the chances of glitches.
  • If you have issues, log out of the website, clear the cache/history, and log back in. 
  • If the program duplicates forces by accident, just drag them off to a corner of the map.  
  • If you make a mistake-use the Add Forces Button to correct it.