When looking at the various sites, three of the sites gained my attention throughout the list. These sites were often organized, full of information, and innovative in some way. The first of these sites was the Valley of the Shadow. Being one of the first digital histories, I thought that the site was going to be dated and seem less effective than the others. The opposite turned out to be true. The site is extremely well organized and the navigation of the site was extremely easy and innovative.
The second site that caught my eye was the University of Houston’s Digital History. At first glance, the site did not seem too interesting and was a little poor on the eye. However, after playing around with the main feature of the site, I realized how great it was. The main feature is an interactive timeline of United States history that is separated into sections by type of source. This is an amazing feature as it would help anyone trying to find resources for a research paper or help any future teacher.
My favorite site out of all of them was the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project. Not only was the site extremely good-looking. It was organized and easily navigable. This was already a plus in my book but under the sound section, the true innovation shown through. In the audio section, there was a section on how the accoustics of the building changed the way you heard things. This was cool, but the icing on the cake was that the sounds were embedded into the site so you could hear the accoustics yourself. This was an extremely useful way of implementing digital history in a way that is extremely beneficial to the old methods of history.