5 Cool Websites for Fun Learning

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Aug 24, 2012

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1.
DUOLINGO
WHAT Foreign languages mastered and learned.
IN DETAIL An interactive website that teaches foreign languages - Spanish, French, German and English, Duolingo is also a crowdsourced platform for text translation. The innovative website aspires to get billions of web pages translated by the masses.
CREATED BY Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker.

2.
THE SCALE OF THE UNIVERSE 2  
WHAT An interactive video that visualizes sizes and proportions.
IN DETAIL The Scale of the Universe 2 runs through all elements of nature with a user-moved scale: from the exorbitant universe to the the tiny, nearly unmeasurable quantofoam, which is the foundation of the fabric of the universe.
CREATED BY Cary Huang.

3.
THE KNOTTED LINE
WHAT The history of the USA, graphically interfaced.
IN DETAIL An educational source for students and educators, The Knotted Line explores the relationship between freedom and confinement in the US from 1495 all the way to a hypothetical future in 2025. At the core of this app is a looping timeline interspersed with illustrative artworks and informative text.
CREATED BY Evan Bissell masterminded this website and wrote the texts, while Erik Loyer created the interface.

4.
WIND MAP
WHAT A stunning visualization of wind flow currents in the US.
IN DETAIL Wind Map provides info about current wind speed in major American cities, and is updated hourly with data from the National Digital Forecast.
CREATED BY Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg.

5.
NATURE VALLEY TRAIL VIEW
WHAT The geography of primary American nature reserves.
IN DETAIL This web app unravels the beauty and wonder of Yellowstone National Park, the Great Smoky Mountains and the Grand Canyon. Captured by cutting edge technology, amazing footage allows you to virtually hike along the scenic trails, making you feel like you are actually there. Background information, points of interest and trail maps are also available.
CREATED BY Nature Valley.

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