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Argumentative

Argumentative: Teach Students How to Reason With Mind Mapping Software

Understanding how to establish a good argument for your belief is a valuable skill that all students should learn. One excellent free tool that can help students do this is called Argumentative.
Read more... (05/03/2012)
http://argumentative.sourceforge.net/

Simutrans

Simutrans: Try Your Hand at Transportation Simulation

Simutrans is a freeware and open-source transport simulation game similar to Transport Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon or Roller Coaster Tycoon where you must develop an impressive system that not only attracts paying customers, but also one that you can afford to maintain and grow over time.
Read more... (01/11/2012)

Seterra

Test Geography Knowledge with the Seterra Geography Game

Seterra is an interesting Windows-based application that makes geography more interesting for students, and presents geographic facts to students in a format that is easier to remember. It is offered as a free map quiz game, but it actually serves as a useful educational tool for both the classroom and the home.
Read more... (09/26/2011)
http://www.seterra.net

Favorite Seterra Geography Tutor 3.0 - Learn World Geography

A very nice, and free, geography teaching package. Covers all parts of the world. Includes quizzes and map exercises. Runs in several different languages. Each exercise has a high score list.
Read more... (10/31/2008)
http://www.seterra.net

Food-Force

Food Force - A Game To Fight Hunger

In the free educational game FoodForce, you get to join a team of UN experts and help them fight hunger on the fictional island of Sheylan in the Indian Ocean, which is suffering from both drought and civil war.
Read more... (09/18/2007)
http://www.food-force.com

Centennia

Centennia - Napoleonic Edition

Similar to Atlas of World History, this free animated atlas covers Europe and the Middle East during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic period.
Read more... (01/20/2006)
http://www.clockwk.com/

Atlas-History

Atlas of World History - Map Animation

This free map animation software is an interesting way to visualize history! Animated maps show empires growing and countries changing in Europe, Africa, and Asia over 4000 years (from 3000 BC up to to 1000 AD).
Read more... (01/20/2006)
http://www.atlasofworldhistory.com/

Google-Earth

Favorite Google Earth - View The Earth From Space

Google Earth is an amazing piece of software displaying maps, 3D buildings and satellite images of the entire world. Highly recommended.
Read more... (10/31/2005)
http://earth.google.com/

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6 Great Educational Websites With Blank Maps for Teachers
There are plenty of websites that offer a variety of maps for teachers in exchange for a paid membership or for single purchase, but finding free blank maps for teachers usually proves rather difficult. The following are six of the best resources where you will find both labeled and blank maps for use inside and outside the classroom.
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