WhatWasThere.com allows students of all ages to take a walk down memory lane as they pore over photos of the past. Created in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by Enlighten Ventures, WhatWasThere lets users upload photos and place them at addresses found on Google Maps. Enlighten Ventures’ vision is to provide a photographic history of the world for users to investigate. Students simply type in the name of a state, city, or local address and begin examining photos in the collection. WhatWasThere.com encourages historical thinking as students “feel the history of a specific location in a new way.” Being exposed to America’s photographic history enables youth to see the complexity of history from more than one point of view or perspective. After downloading the iOSapp, students can use the camera on their iPhone or iPodtouch to access WhatWasThere.com and experience in augmented reality the history that surrounds them. Cost: Free
The world’s most famous citadel, the Acropolis of Athens, was built in Ancient Greece in the fifth century BCE. With the freeAcropolis Interactive 3D app, students can explore this great work of architecture along with events of the past.
The Bill of Rights Institute rewards students who rise to the challenge of tackling some of the most compelling questions of our time. This year’s We the Students Essay Contest challenges students to tell what civil discourse means to them.
The New Leaders Initiative offers innovative youth programming across the United States, with the goal of engaging, growing, and supporting environmental and social justiceyouth activists so that they can reach the highest version of themselves.