iCivics

January 28, 2013

iCivics is a project that was spearheaded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to help teach civics and inspire students to get involved in our democratic system. It has lesson plans and webquests, but its big draw is its collection of … Continued

If It Were My Home compares countries side by side

March 11, 2011

If It Were My Home was first created to show the scale of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill by superimposing the contaminated area over a location of your choice. The site has since expanded to include a fabulous country comparison tool.

Spent challenges players to keep a roof over their heads

March 4, 2011

Possibly the first video game about homelessness, Spent challenges you to keep a roof over your head for 30 days. It’s not easy — like a computerized embodiment of Murphy’s Law, Spent confronts you with one misfortune after another. To win, you have to make a series of hard choices that have no apparent right answer.

Newspaper Map shows newspapers all over the world

February 15, 2011

Newspaper Map is an amazing overview of how news is being published — and by extension, how history is being written — by connecting literally thousands of newspapers from around the world on a single interactive map.

Third World Farmer puts you in the shoes of the impoverished

February 8, 2011

This online game captures the realities of rural life in Sub-Saharan Africa. You begin with a family of four, a small house, and an empty field. If you’re successful, the family can afford education and medical care, or try to increase their farm output by purchasing tools.

On This Day looks at today in history

January 10, 2011

This Day, a website by Nikon, is a beautifully rendered look into historical events that happened in the past on the day you visit the site.