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Guardians of History: Britannica’s new choice-driven historical adventures

“When problems occur in history, we send you back in time to make sure history happens the way it is supposed to,” says Professor Wolf of Britannica’s new Guardians of History. Your voice launches the immersive audio adventure that is one part Oregon Trail, one part Back to the Future, one part Choose Your Own […]

Get ready for your next assignment gumshoe: Carmen Sandiego is traveling Google Earth

Looking for a little old timey computer nostalgia with a dose of espionage and a taste of geographical flavor? Well, gumshoe, you are ready for your next assignment from the ACME detective agency. This time Carmen Sandiego is sneaking around the world via Google Earth. The Crown Jewels Caper is the first of a series of new Where on Google […]

A Collection of Best-of-the-Year Lists (and a spotlight on one)

While I suspect some of you are quite sick of them, for me a truly fun part of the new year is stopping to look back at the bounty of the past year’s discoveries in the form of best lists. Many of our friends–reviewers, publishers, bloggers, etc.–have been hard at work collecting their picks for […]

Classic arcade games in your browser? Thanks again Internet Archive!

Attention boomers, devoted (and nostalgic) gamers, and students of popular culture: A new section of the Internet Archive Software Collection,  the largest vintage and historical software library in the world, providing instant access to millions of programs, CD-ROM images, documentation and multimedia. is the Internet Arcade. The coin-free Arcade, featuring more than 900 games, is […]

BrainPop Game(s)Up the election

At the ISLMA Conference last week, Lisa Perez of Chicago Public Schools shared  BrainPop’s election resources (free through Election Day) and its new GameUp features, that she has found valuable in gamifying professional development with the librarians in her district. Although because of Sandy we are without power at home and school, the kind folks […]

What’s it like to be poor in America? (a game for developing empathy)

Over 14 million Americans are unemployed.  Now imagine you’re one of them. Your savings are gone.  You’ve lost your house. You’re a single parent.  You’re down to your last $1,000. Can you make it through the month? Spent is a simulation designed to introduce young people to what it means to truly be down on […]