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The National Archives Contains Over 40 Online Exhibits

Posted by Ryan O'Rourke on Mar 14, 2014 10:19:00 AM

The National Archives website is an historical goldmine where users can dig for ancestry and military records, browse photographs, and even order ship passenger arrival records (1820-1959), Eastern Cherokee applications, and federal military pension files from 1775-1865.

To top it all off, there are 40 other online exhibits. We didn’t have time to browse all of them, but we do want to highlight our three favorites.

the national archivesEyewitness
Here you’ll find vivid and intensely personal accounts of historical events:

  • Thomas Jefferson reports firsthand on the fear and panic that grips the city of Paris in July 1789, during the first violent convulsions of the French Revolution
  • President Lincoln’s family physician poignantly describes how the President clings to life through the night of April 14, 1865, after being shot in Ford’s Theater.
  • The crew of the Apollo 8, in 1968, travels farther from Earth than anyone ever has and sees Earth as no one has ever seen it.

the national archivesDigital Vaults
This exhibit contains over 1,200 documents, photographs, drawings, maps, and other materials. Using a keywording system that visually links records, the Digital Vaults enables visitors to customize their exhibit experience, create posters, movies, games, and share them through email.

the national archivesPicturing the Century
This exhibit contains over 100 years of snapshots from revered photographers Walter Lubken, Lewis Hine, George W. Ackerman, and Ansel Adams to name a few. Users can browse by artist portfolio or by galleries to find photos that depict some of the most beautiful, horrific and pivotal moments in the history of our country.

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World Geography Games: An Interactive Way to Discover the World

Posted by Ryan O'Rourke on Mar 6, 2014 9:49:00 AM

geographyI thought I knew my geography, but after ten attempts to locate the Tabernas Desert, which I learned is the only desert in Europe, I was brought to my knees! The cool thing about World Geography Games is that, despite my frustration, I still managed to have fun—and something tells me that I’ll never forget where the good old Tabernas Desert is located again.  

World Geography Games gives users their choice of a wide variety of interactive quizzes that include questions about:

  • Countriesgeography 2
  • Capitals
  • Flags
  • Regions
  • Bodies of water
  • Mountains
  • Deserts
  • Metropolitan areas
  • And other topics that will test and challenge your brain

All 193 members of the United Nations (UN) are included in the quizzes. Added to these lists are Taiwan, Kosovo and Vatican City. Not-sovereign nations and territories—Greenland and Puerto Rico, for example—are not included.

 

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Mission US: Interactive Gaming for History and Social Studies Teachers

Posted by Ryan O'Rourke on Mar 3, 2014 9:22:00 AM

Mission US has been on my list of websites to blog about for a while now and after revisiting the site, I’m glad I finally got around to sharing it. Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in their choice of three interactive games. History and Social Studies teachers will especially appreciate this site.

Below you’ll find a brief description and accompanying trailer for each game. Be sure to check back often; Mission US promises new games are on the way!

Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie. 


Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky.  As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult.



Mission 3: “A Cheyenne Odyssey,” players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions.  As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne's persistence through conflict and national transformation.





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AirPano May be the Holy Grail of Virtual Field Trips

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Feb 27, 2014 9:29:00 AM

virtual field tripJust as we posted a blog about five of our favorite virtual field trips, Richard Byrne went and outdid us. Apparently, he stumbled upon the holy grail of virtual field trips: a website called AirPano. We didn’t discover the site, but we’ll be darned if we’re not going to share it with you anyway.

AirPano is a site jam-packed with high-resolution, spherical panoramas shot from a bird’s eye view. In addition to the 200 panoramas, you’ll also find 360 degree videos, a photo gallery and news stories.

To take a virtual field trip of the Roman Colosseum in Italy, click here or on the image below.

 

virtual field trip

 

 

 

 

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