Browse Website Reviews
A curated guide to the best online content, large and small, in world history through website reviews from the perspective of a world history teacher.
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Babylonia Collection Yale

The versatility of the collection makes it useful for any discipline that approaches the material to have a chance of finding artifacts or useful resources either for research or educational purposes.
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Ancient History Encyclopedia

Overall this site is a fantastic resource in terms of the vast amounts of material collected for use. The site is primarily user-generated, with a system to ensure the entries uphold the website's management team's standards.
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Africa Past & Present Podcast

The podcast could serve as a useful tool for Africa experts to stay up-to-date on scholarship, for professors in other areas to broaden their knowledge of Africa and establish relevant connections, and for students to engage in analysis of “texts” beyond the written word.
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Hypothesis

This tool provides a user-friendly way for you and your students to have conversations about primary and secondary sources through digital annotation.
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Juxtapose: Easy-to-make frame comparisons

This tool is perfect for historians because it emphasizes visual representations of change over time.
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Soundcite: Seamless inline audio

This is a great tool to use with students to have them engage with sound as historical artifacts as well as to think about how incorporating sound into your writing can enhance a historical argument.
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MapWarper

This can be a powerful tool to understand the spatial orientation of past places or events and to present spatial history projects directly onto contemporary maps.
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TimelineJS: Easy to make, beautiful timelines

TimelineJS also provides a dynamic way for students to demonstrate their understanding of change over time as well as their ability to tell stories using digital technologies.
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National Museum of China

In summation, the NMC site has a number of areas that will prove interesting to educators and most casual visitors, but overall, its main function is to provide information about the museum itself.
Black text reading Livingstone Online in large font, followed by the subheading illuminating imperial exploration. The background is a litograph of a steamboat on a river.

Livingstone Online

While the site is primarily dedicated to digitising the famed British explorer’s works, Livingstone Online is far more than a mere repository of primary sources.

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