I wanted to share a few of the amazing websites from this year’s Webby Awards, which are given out annually to the sites that are the most innovative, visually appealing, and have the best user experience.
The sites listed below are of particular interest to educators and students:
- The Garden of Earthly Delights by Jheronimus Bosch
- Interactive and exploratory piece of artwork. Could be mimicked using the Waldsemuller or another piece of artwork?
- The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
- Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Garden of the Phoenix
- Rangihoua Heritage Park Digital Tour
- It’s a park tour… but really it’s a narrative through Polynesian history using audio, images, text, and video.
- Hidden Worlds of the National Parks (Google Arts & Culture)
- Google Earth view of 5 national parks, including virtual tours, historical references, and friendly guides. [Hint: View in 1080p)
- Jewish Warsaw –
- A historical Jewish perspective at Warsaw through images, firsthand accounts, maps, and lots of primary sources.
- Data USA
- Visualization of US Public Data
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Think like a Scientist: Viucan and the Power of Ideas
- Great documentary and article on the (problematic?) scientific method
- Sir David Attenborough’s Story of Life
- Mobile app with a digital collection of his work.
- Smithsonian’s Channel
- Mobile app with the Smithsonian’s series and documentaries
- Socratic App
- Mobile app for students that allows them to take a picture of their homework and get answers.
Needless to say, combining futuristic endeavors with historical and other educational content emboldens our sense of wonderment, engages our senses, and gives us a reason to get lost. How we learn is evolving with technology, and the sites above are testaments to that. “It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls, For the times they are a-changing.”
Check out all of the sites that were given awards this year as there are some masterful examples of the growth of the Internet. (I got lost in these sites for more hours than I would like to admit.)