Social studies courses are almost tailor-made for digital learning, because information about history, geography, and culture can be portrayed through words, sounds, and visuals. Here are some well-regarded social studies software programs:

1. Map Detectives (http://www.toolfactory.com). This is a game for elementary and middle school students that teaches geography and map-reading skills. By solving mysteries and finding stolen items, students learn to use maps, judge distances, and differentiate between time zones.

2. Disappearing World (http://www.toolfactory.com). From the publisher that

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