TimeTours: Uxmal takes students on a virtual trip to the golden age of the Maya, using modern 3D reconstructions. The virtual trip through time brings the past to life in threespherical panoramas that put students right into several important locations of ancient Uxmal using the built-in compass feature. Ten “Now & Then” time windows let users experience what cities looked when ballgames and ritual sacrifices were performed in the ancient world. The new “Now & Then & ...” feature brings the time of the rediscovery alive. If students think old stones alone are a little “dry,” they can use the treasure hunt and minigames as entertaining diversions. They can explore a wealth of information and media while listening to Maya rhythms. Two time travel tour guides help with all features of the app, which is available in English, German, and Spanish. Designed for iPad, the app is available to download for $3.99.
A generation of children grew up playing settlers heading west on the Oregon Trail. They remember it mostly for the moment their party died of dysentery. Now, a new spin on the wagon train game focuses on more accurately representing Native Americans and includes new storylines and playable Native American characters.
Jumpstart PD is a learning platform that combines the neuroscience of Universal Design for Learning with the mindset of culturally sustaining pedagogy to provide equity-focused professional learning that measurably changes practice and outcomes.
The Carter Center for K–12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri focuses on research projects and teacher professional development activities that seek to improve K–12 Black history education. The Carter Center’s Annual Teaching Black History Conference brings together educators who seek transformative and engaging ways to teach Black history in both history and humanities courses, preK–grade 12.