I firmly believe interactive virtual environments offer exploratory experiences that reinforce learning, especially learning in relationship to history. The virtual Forbidden City is just one of a growing number of environments being developed for educational purposes. In the future, I will share links to those I find particularly interesting here.
Virtual Forbidden City
The virtual Forbidden City is the product of a collaboration between IBM and the Palace Museum in Beijing, China. It's a wonderful free online experience. I wrote a complete narrative of my experience there for Heritage Key.