Digital Stories About Living Through History’s Worst Pandemics
History Adventures’ Global Pandemics is a freeapp that transports users back in time and into the lives, choices, and dilemmas faced by individuals around the globe during some of the largest-scale plagues and pandemics in history. To Do No Harm: Plague of Athens is the first of several interactive, digital adventures being released over the next six to ten months by a design team at Northwestern University in Qatar.
To Do No Harm tells the story of Nikos of Athens, a physician during the Athenian plague. Nikos struggles to treat the multitude of people sickened during this world-upending ordeal. The story unfolds in a choice-based narrative design that includes 3D motion and web animation, vocabulary support, simulated pathogens, immersive 360-degree panoramas of historical locations, animated historical timelines and maps, interactive historical documents, and media-rich adaptive assessments. The experience is cross-curricular, interactive, and immersive.
The Global Pandemics app will work on any device that can use a Chrome browser. It is free and includes no in-app purchases or hidden costs. Several more pandemic experiences and characters are on the way.
On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect.
At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered, as all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were Black, marched onto plantations and across cities in the South reading small copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, spreading the news of freedom in Confederate States. Only through the Thirteenth Amendment did emancipation end slavery throughout the United States.
Civic Life Project partners with educators to teach civics through a unique digital storytelling curriculum. In collaboration, Civic Life Project and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) have launched Compelling Interviews for Civic Engagement, a civics inquiry unit to help students develop informed, diverse perspectives on social issues they care about.
Where does our food come from? Who has access to healthful food? How is climate change affecting our food? How is climate change affecting our food? ProjectS.O.W. (Seeds of Wonder), a freecurriculum developed by Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), gives teachers ways to explore these issues with young people aged 13–19.