When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena. The app includes a small library of animated 3D graphics with accompanying text that students can explore to learn how certain objects function. After students select a tutorial, such as “How a Piano Works,” the app will scan the surroundings for a flat surface on which it can virtually place the object. Students can then pinch to zoom in on the image and rotate the object to view it from any angle. Currently the app has four sections (history, science, math, and space objects) with 53 tutorials, or “Jigs.” In the soon-to-be-released Jig Workshop, students will be able to create their own Jigs and share them with the world. Cost: Free
Tucked inside Google Earth is a geography quiz created in partnership with Atlas Obscura. The Natural Wonders Quiz is a multiple-choice challenge that asks students to identify special locations around the world.
Harvard University’s Digital Giza Project allows scholars to virtually walk through archaeological sites and examine artifacts that might otherwise be inaccessible. The Giza Project began in 2000 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with the goal of digitizing all of the archaeological documentation from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston–Harvard University expedition to Giza, Egypt (c. 1904–1947) and making that information freely available online for anyone to use.
The digital collection of the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature currently holds more than 6,000 books free to read online from cover to cover, allowing readers to get a sense of what adults in the UK and the US wanted children to know and believe in the 1800s.