App Exploring How World War I Changed America

The Doughboy Foundation’s World War I Memorial “Virtual Explorer” app brings a “walk-around-inside-it” digital 3D model of the National WWI Memorial to students, at home or in classrooms, using iOS or Android smartphones and tablets.

The “Virtual Explorer” app is filled with interactive and experiential WWI history. For example:

The Timeline Tower” is an interactive 3D timeline featuring more than 50 key events from WWI, with images and short narratives organized in chronological order.

The Sinking of The Lusitania” is a videogame-style presentation of the event that was instrumental in drawing America into the global conflict.

Vehicles From World War I” features interactive 3D models of breakthrough vehicles that came out of WWI, including airplanes, tanks, motorized ambulances, and even a 1917 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

How World War I Changed America” presents more than 50 micro-documentaries (each under two minutes) featuring leading WWI historians on subjects such as the impact of WWI on women, African Americans, and Native Americans; plus stories about immigrants, citizenship, propaganda, and the 1918 pandemic.

The Military History of World War I” is a multipart exploration of how America exploded from a modest standing army of less than 130,000 to a global military powerhouse with 4.7 million men and women in uniform in just 18 months.

Stories of Service” gives students the tools and means to create research projects about WWI veterans from the local community or local families. Students can submit their stories into the app, resulting in an auto-narrated story with images shared with Virtual Explorer app users everywhere.

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