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Webby Awards Mean More Cool Goodness for Social Studies

Just a warning. Don’t go to the Webby Awards site unless you have a couple of hours to kill. Seriously. You’re gonna need to budget some time for this.

The Webby Awards highlight excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, the Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for the best web sites published in a particular year. There are over 100 categories and each category has four to five nominees.

And because they’re all very cool sites, you can quickly and easily get sucked into their web.

Feel free to ignore the Beauty / Cosmetics  and Fashion sections but you can find useful history / social studies stuff in all sorts of categories. Though you can find the excellent PBS site, The Freedom Riders, in the

Virtual Capitol

Education category, the incredibly cool Anne Frank House – Secret Annex 3D is not in a history, education or language arts section at all. You’ll find it in the Cultural Institution section.

Captain John Smith Chesapeake Bay Trail is in the government category. As is the nicely done Architect’s Virtual Capital, with maps, multimedia and great info on Washington, DC.

You can find the useful current events site, Truthdig, in a political blog section. The British Museum’s Time Explorer, a great online game that asks you to travel to Ancient Rome, China or Mexico to retrieve lost artifacts, is in the Game category.

Time Explorer

You get the idea. Lots of stuff all over. And don’t be afraid to explore winners from previous years.

But I’m serious. Don’t go unless you’re really committed.

Two hours.


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