Had a teacher ask recently for some good online sites that encourage thinking and “are interactive.” If she had asked that question two or three years ago, it would have been fairly easy to suggest several for her to try.

But with more sites using Flash and more research supporting video games and simulations, the number of sites she’s looking for has exploded. The question is a bit harder to answer in 2008! So we’ve put together a list that I sent her to check out. Thought some of you might also find it useful.

My favorites? Not sure but here’s a very short list:

  • The Road to the Capital
    Roberta Glass is running for a seat in the U.S. Congress so she can keep kids away from movies, music, books, and video games that aren’t “approved” by the government. YOU need to enter the race to stop her and protect the basic freedoms of America’s kids!
  • History Detectives Kids
    Get printable activities and lesson plans designed to engage students in fun-filled meaningful ways.
  • Hot Shot Business
    Create a business, make money, learn econ stuff
  • BBC History
    Click on period listed on the left – almost all have some form of interactive content
  • Conqueror
    A turn-based, multiplayer strategy game that takes place on a map of medieval Europe. Easy to learn but more complex than Risk. Play on the web against as many as 16 human or AI opponents, for games as short as 30 minutes or as long as 4 hours

What are your favorites? How do you use them as learning tools?