Inspired by Joe Dale and his awesome an iPad idea a day project which i think is a great idea, i just love it thanks Joe for the inspiration. Therefore I have decided to try and jot down an idea a day for the year using iPads with my Year 7 Geography / History class in 2012. Having not taught Year 7’s for over 20 years I plan to have some fun and create a positive, challenging and engaging learning environment with my students.
So here goes:
1. Creating a Google map challenge for the students to get them out of the classroom and learning. Students will use the Google app to view the challenge i have created. Using the Google app students then can create their own treasure challenges, thus applying their knowledge and understanding, challenge their peers and engage with the content.
2. Students can take a screen shot from either Google Maps or download the free app Melways Quik mApp or Aus Map. Then students can find and take a screen shot of either Ringwood Secondary College (our School) or their local area and import that into Sketchbook Express or Adobe Photoshop Express app and then annotate the map so it has all the correct Map conventions. Then students can use any drawing app they like: Draw for iPad, Sketchbook Express, Doodle-Buddy etc to create a map showing BOLTSS.
3. Using the app World Travel Atlas -Free and the internet we will investigate different types of maps – Political, Physical, climatic etc. Students will then explain the difference and similarities between the different maps using the apps PuppetPals or PhotoPuppet HD Lite. Working in Pairs, taking on different roles: Cartographer, Student, Geographer, Journalist etc to create an interesting explanation.
5. Dream holiday – students are going to use a number of apps to create a narrative about their dream holiday. Task What is their Dream holiday location and what would they love to do on it. Apps to be used:
Maps to screen shot their location,
Safari to collect some images of the things they will be doing,
Strip Designer to create a comic on some of the things they would like to do on the holiday,
Documents lite to create a budget
Bill Atkinson PhotoCard Lite-Postcard to create a series of postcards about the holiday
Reel Director to create a movie about one day of their dream holiday
InaWorldof..Drama or Comedy to create a movie trailer for their holiday
Keynote to put the presentation together
Dropbox to submit their final Dream holiday work
6. ‘Key concepts i Learnt this week’ Using Bill Atkinson PhotoCard Lite-Postcard students can note the key concepts they learnt during the week and email themselves, myself and or parents about the concept/s and how they are applied in the context of the class.
7. I have spent some time looking for a mapping app that has grid reference built into it. Yet to find one i have discovered a few free gems which i will use to take my class away from out of date paper resources to current real time resources to enhance our Geographical journey. GeoMobile for ArcGIS, ArcGIS by esri and RouteBuddy Atlas are three free mapping apps which can be used in a variety of ways. ArcGIS is allows you to easily calculate both distance and area of any location, with an added bonus of 13 different types of maps to choose from (although not all 13 are available for Australia!). This app has great potential when looking at contour lines, map differences, human and natural environments etc. GeoMobile for ArcGIS and RouteBUddy Atlas will be awesome to have GPS at our fingertips. There is huge potential here for us to practice our skills and apply concepts learnt in class. Creating and participating in treasure or scavenger hunts will allow us to reinforce the key concepts of direction, bearings. latitude and longitude in a fun engaging format.
8. I love the app Tour Wrist which gives you a 360 degree photo image tour of various locations around the world. Fortunately for my class there are no Australian tours yet! We will look at a few, discuss what features makes a good tour and in groups create a variety of 360 degrees tour views for our local area and submit them as a class. Using the iPad 2 camera we should be easily able to create interesting tours of our local area. What a great way to celebrate our local area and class collaboration by having our work showcased globally on such an app.
9. Actively promoting Literacy in Geography —- Students are to apply their knowledge to writing a story which includes the KGI’s (Key Geographic Ideas) they have learnt in class. Using StoryKit students are to write a story about a treasure, include a map, directions and clues as well as a story with images to enhance and engage the reader. StoryKit is a free app to create and share stories, a great app applicable to any topic area and subject. Got to love an app that is so versatile and has so much potential.
10. Project Noah a free app, huge potential to have student become more caring and responsible citizens – one i think to download from the start of the year and have discussion around from time to time. Discussion around student progress and general awareness about the natural environment around them. Lots of discussion will follow this thanks @JJash for your presentation a gem of an app 🙂
11. Slope of the land, scale and length of geographical features is a skill and difficult for students to easily explore – well that was before the app FieldProtractor. Students can take photos of geographical features and import them into this app and then easily work out the slope, angle, scale length of features. This will be an awesome addition both for Geography, Maths, PE and perhaps other areas. This will be fun to use and explore the potential around the school.
12. Mapping activity using any of the aforementioned map apps or Google maps – Students plot the routes of significant events and include markers to indicate significant places in a journey this could be both related to Historical and Geographical contexts.
13. Using PuppetPals or Toontastic apps students can create digital narratives.
14. Students can create and share their own revision materials – movies or podcasts. Creating a bank of revision materials is a great habit to get into so making it a little different by having students create movies and or podcasts makes the task more interesting and engaging. The theme for the revision materials will be the essential skills and concepts using of a Geographer and a Historian. Using the in built camera to video and the app reel director (to edit if needed) students can create short movies or for podcasts students can use one of the following free audio recording apps: Quickvoice, hokusai audio editor or caster free.
15. As 2012 is the National Year of Reading – I intent to read a few passages during the year, from my favourite Geography book -‘Don’t know much about GEOGRAPHY’ by Kenneth C. Davis then have students create artifacts to explain the stories, maps and illustrations. I look forward to sharing my students creations.
16. What are contour lines? How do you read them? What else can you tell me about Contour lines????? Using the app Sock Puppets students will plan an interview, then use Sock Puppets to record their story. Students choose a background, Puppets and Props to create conversations about contour lines and what they mean.
17. Tom and Ben talking News – i just discovered this app and am loving it – i can see it being really useful in both Geography and History this year, along with many other subjects where you want students to explain and illustrate a concept or skill. It is a free app easy to use and then share. Talk to Tom and Ben and they will repeat what you say in turns. You can personalize it by adding your own vide0 – either a new recording or one from your photos. Once your personal video is in the app, make Tom & Ben comment on the video, record the conversation and then share via email or save to your photos to share later. Great potential with this app -News Flash ……Explain how the battle was won or lost, Explain a discover, Retell a story, Where and what was the treasure and how was it found, Natural disaster – what, where, why and how, well the what, where, why and how of anything really!, Weather report etc.
18. Myth busters…..Take a myth or Legend- research and create historical context for the myth or legend explaining which parts of the myth or legend are found to be true. Use any app or the camera to create your presentation. App ideas students could create using any or a combination of the following:
Comics- Strip Designer or Cartoon Studio,
Movie – Reel Director, Screen Chomp, Show Me
Story – storykit, Sonic Pics lite, Toontastic, Creative Book Builder, Demibooks composer
Animation – PuppetPals, Sock Puppets, Animation Creator HD lite, Kid animation, Flipboom Lite
19. Using the inbuilt video camera students are to the news anchors for the end of unit/topic/term report – In groups students will be given an area / sub-topic or concept to report on. They will need to create materials on the iPad, to project on the whiteboard, around the concept they have been given. They will be the anchors of the news or the reporters and we will film the segments and then put it together in a broadcast.
21.Educreations Interactive Whiteboard is a recordable whiteboard a bit like show me or screen chomp but just having discovered this app i really like that it a little different in that students can have multiple pages for the same presentation or lesson; this is another feature that makes this app a standout. They can have all the pages they want to include lined up with photos and sketches annotated. Then they can just simply record their voice and share their creations via email or uploading to the Educreations website. This has great potential not just for me to record lessons/tasks etc when i am away from class but for differentiation on tasks but also for students to create and teach others. I love the motto – Teach what you know. Learn what you don’t. This will be a very powerful app for all learners.
22. Whiteboard Quick response systems are fun for students using any app where you can add an image or draw a picture and then annotate the drawing. Quick response answers to quiz using the iPad as a personal whiteboard with apps like: Draw for iPad or Glow Draw where students quickly note down their answer and show it so everyone can see each others answers. Great for a quick easily paperless quiz or brainstorming activity.
23. An Epic app a great starting point for history – Epic Citadel – walk around the city in the app and have students then use their senses to think, discuss and write about where and when in the world they are – think about what they hear, see, feel, smell and taste as they walk around the city. Students then create an artifact about their historical travel.
24. Timeline eons is a very cool app that has pre-populated timelines with information and images for different events in history. This will be a great starting point for research and for creating our own timelines. It would be awesome if the free version had the edit function but students can use the ideas from this app and apply them to creating their own timeline in a app of their choosing like Corkulous or smartNote where they can have images and words.
25. Mental case classroom edition is an awesome app allowing you to crate flash cards with images – i will use it both in history and Geography. In Geography which i start the year with – i will use it to create Lanforms flash cards and flash cards around the KGI – Key Geographic Indicators – students will then be able to refer to these throughout their schooling rather than just for 20th C testing purposes!
26. An awesome video app – 8mm HD allows you to create movies for a specific time period awesome for history and creating movies of a specific time period. I love it easy to use and share makes creating historical movies easy.
27. Please Touch the app is great and will assist students in their historical studies. i think i will use it as a stimulus for discussion and start of some stimulating inquiry research. The great thing is there are many museums across the world that have created free apps for students to use and learn from, my class will be downloading and using a few of these to stimulate discussion and research.
28.Create the front page of the newspaper for specific times and events in History and also for Geographical topics like plight of an endangered animal or the expansion of hot dry environments or solutions to desertification. Using the app Create Front Page News students can easily create the front page of the newspaper to show their understanding and analysis of their research findings on any topic.
29. Keep it Local – An apps i will make use of when teaching endangered species are: Melbourne aquarium app which has great starting point to capture the students interest in the topic might be to use the app and play a little who am i – with students creating the ‘Who am I’ quiz questions. Dividing the class into four – to match the four topic areas of the section of the app called ‘Discover the amazing worlds’. Students can use the app as a starting point but then explore other plant and wildlife to add to the quiz content and increase the difficulty of their section of the quiz.
30. On the same theme the app Field Guide to Victoria Fauna will mean that instead of dividing the class into four as mentioned in idea 29 i can divide the class into smaller groups and give each group a different areas to create their quiz questions from. This will make for some challenging and interesting quiz questions and be a shared start to our study of endangered species.
31. For visual Presentations with annotations i am thinking of using the app Corkulous where students need to explain the processes that created the landforms, for examples, in Hot Dry Deserts.
32. During our History Semester I think to understand about War and battles we will play Civilization Revolution lite. After playing the game for a little time students will answer questions around the: Issues with War? What causes conflicts? What strategies did you employ and how did they work? What are the costs and benefits of war? etc
33. Thinking in the History Semester of creating an Archaeological dig for the students. Where they are given quadrants of the sand pit. (not 100% sure we still have one at school so will have to investigate that and if we do negotiate with PE staff to use it!) Students are given the tools needed, i am hoping after summer to pick up some cheap sand pit equipment and brushes for the students to use. Then the students in groups work their quadrant. Photographing artifacts, marking their location in their grid on their own maps and on a large scale class map, and creating dig notes. The exercise will culminate in students piecing together the artifacts found, photographing and working out what period in History they came from.
34.rather than complete a written test for a topic – i intend to get students to use the voice thread app and create a series of slides if you like including video or images and words (either spoken or written) to explain a key skill or concept.
35. Recording Oral History of their family members using the app AudioBoo
36. Taking the Lead from my esteemed colleague and Literacy Leader, Simone Hobbs, and her awesome trial last year of the 80/20 google concept and passion projects during classes – see Simone’s blog I intend to give my students the same opportunity to create a passion project around geography and then history. They can use any media they wish and collaborate with other students in the class or outside to create their passion project.
37. In preparation for our Archeological dig we will play the app Herod’s lost tomb lite The app allows us to explore the ancient biblical world, uncover hidden archeological clues and help researchers solve the mystery Herod’s Lost Tomb in this hidden object game from National Geographic. Last year students managed to get the full version for free hopefully National Geographic will make it free this year too but if not the lite version gives students a taste of what they will be doing in the field. From this we will have discussions about what are the skills Archeologists need and what are the important take home messages for us before we embark on our own dig.
38. Students use a digital blank map of the world then test and revise essential skills by creating their own maps using any app that has an overlay function like smartnote or sketchbook express – naming all the oceans, continents students create their own maps and include BOLTSS.
39. Using Google forms for multi-choice testing. They work well on the iPad and you can make them self making …AWESOME
40. GeoQuiz free Some great general knowledge Geographical questions here but also has potential for use after hot dry deserts as a different revision tool
41. Begin to recognize and learn the continents and oceans using the app iLearn: Continents and Oceans – which is a fun way to start learning about the continents and oceans of the world.
42. Consolidate knowledge of countries in a fun different way by using app stack the countries lite
43. Extend and challenge students knowledge of world geography and the countries especially with the app Geogame world series- geography game, quiz and trivia – fun and educational!
44. Test knowledge of continents and countries using the app Speed Geography Lite
45. Use a mapping app to look at a satellite image and highlight the importance of observation skills – ask the students to identify, list, count, name etc features on the image eg the number of boats in the harbor, the name of the restaurant on the…, how many cars are going over the bridge etc
46. Use record booth in pairs to create and advertising jingle for an aspect of geography or history – the countries which make up a continent, what boltss means, who, when and where was a location conquered etc Working in pairs students use record booth for the beat on one iPad and record using quickvoice or audioboo on the other.
47. Use songify to create a song, rap songs are easy for every student to create easily, to help remember facts for an aspect of history
48. Create a who wants to be a millionaire revision keynote – using a template provide students work in pairs and then larger groups to create, play and revise.
49. Create a Mock Facebook page for an event in History – show conversation threads, times and dates etc add some images that those involved might have added if they had Facebook in their time!
50. Using the free app talkapella create a song in small groups- write and record your song then use it to play as an introduction to a screenchomp screen casting for a topic.
51. Learning the compass points – use a free compass app compass for iPad, Free HD Compass, compass 54 lite etc to start learning the compass points.
52. Create a quick and easy test., pre-test or gauging levels of understanding with short answer questions using Socrative. Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
53: Using Scribble Press a free app to create books to explain a concept and illustrate it. eg. write a treasure story include a map and directions to the treasure!
54: Use a free compass app to explore direction and then use it to navigate around the school
55. Use Google maps, the free compass app and the concepts of BOLTSS, direction and distance to hid a treasure and create a series of clues to be emailed to a random student in the class. The student receiving the email must find the treasure and email the location to the creator of the map.
56. Use the Pick-Me app to select students to present, take notes and assess presentations as they are happening and also take an image of the presentation ready for parent teacher night.
57. Use the compass app for an orienteering course around the school
58. Explain grid references using a screen casting app like screen chomp or Educreations Interactive Whiteboard or show me to explain using samples how to read a grid reference and find a location using grid references.
59. Using either a screen casting app or Ben and Tom talking news students for homework are creating a video about how to read a compass. They need to show pictures or a video in the case of talking news and then they need to explain how to read and use the compass. Then they are going to do some peer assessment and feedback with two things they thought were done well and one thing they would suggest to improve the presentation.
60. Using the BrainPOP UK app to give students so basic geographic and historical knowledge. Awesome short movies which engage and assist students in understanding important concepts and ideas.
61. Create an Illustrated Timeline of major historical events during a certain time period using an app you think is appropriate – could do this with any time period studied.
62. I will Generate a List of Important and Interesting Facts about the topic for either Geography or History and then the students will add illustrations and a comment. I’m thinking we will use SmartNote for this!
63. Using an app of the student choosing students will label a Map with major cities, geographic features, key locations, and/or trade routes
64. Using Keynote, SmartNote or Stip Designer or another app: Design a Pamphlet or Brochure explaining the background of an Historical event or Geographical happening.
65. Write or record a Story about what it would have been like to witness a major historical event in Egypt or Rome. Use the apps PuppetPals HD or Toontastic to animate your story and record it.
66. Draw a Mural which illustrates various scenes of a series of historical events.
67. Create a Wanted Ad or Resume for an historical figure in Egyptian or Roman History.
68. Use the app Virtual Rome to show students what Rome was like then have them work in pairs to recreate what it would have been like to be a passing visitor heading through the area they have just viewed, or a trader hoping to sell goods, or a noble person, a spectator at the Colosseum etc heaps of possibilities with this one. Students can use PuppetPals or even just Garageband to record their thoughts, sights, sounds and story.
69. Make an Historic Illustration or Draw a Cartoon about your understanding of a major event – use an app of your choosing!
70. Make a Photo Essay covering the main points of the topic why is a particular animal now endangered and what can be done to protect it or in a historical context explain daily life in Egypt during a particular time period. Students can use the app Corkulous Pro to create the photo essay or Moodboard lite or Photo Mess.
71. Create a Story Board, Filmstrip or Comic Strip showing Historical or Geography events in a sequence. For example:impact of change on a habitat and what that means to endangered animals under threat or explain mummification. There are many apps students could use to show a sequence of events: StoryBoards, Strip Designer, or Reel Director for example.
72. An World Scavenger Hunt – students will need to use a number of apps to hunt around and discover the answers to a set of questions on continents, countries and capitals – questions like What is the Captial of…. Which Country is North of ….. Which continent is the home of…
73. Thanks to Lucy, a wonderful colleague for idea 73 and ‘Race around the world’ similar to idea 72 however perhaps not as difficult. Students get a blank map of the world and a set of countries – like race around the world students need to go to the country in order and then answer some questions before moving on. Students can work in Pairs or small groups to complete the race. Answering the race questions by using the Map app, web research and apps the students choose. Thinking now i will do this before idea 72!
74. Using this video as inspiration students will create their own ‘continent and oceans’ song and record it using Garageband, songify, talkapella or other app they choose.
75. Make a Commercial or Advertisement about an historic event – for example the burial of a king – use the video camera and apps like reel director to create your commercial.
76. Using engaging games, Geographic apps, to help students learn and revise about the world – continents, oceans and countries in a fun way:Stack the countries lite, Speed Geography lite – Ilearn: continents and oceans
77. QR code scavenger hunt around the school – where the instructions are via the QR code! e.g. take a photo of…, collect 3 different types of… Ask this question of….. what bearing is…. what direction is…etc
78. Five minute practice with a compass app then outside to play Simon Says direction – eg face North east, touch your nose and shout Banana! After this students answer some which way to questions using both direction and bearings on a Google form using the apps – map, compass, safari and country info apps to help them work out direction and bearings.
79. Make a Commercial or Advertisement about saving endangered species or reducing the impact of desertification. Use apps likes: PuppetPals, Toontastic, Reel director, Strip designer, InaWorldof….drama or comedy etc to create the commercial/advertisement.
80. Organize a Museum Exhibit which conveys a sense of why a particular historical event is important. Use any combination of apps you would like to create your exhibit.
81. Write a Script for a Show, play or song – use the storyboard app to plan out your story, then use PuppetPals or toontastic to create a puppet show, or record a Song using Songify or Garageband about some major accomplishments of a political figure in Rome or Egypt in our History topics or in Geography identifying the Continents and Oceans, or about an endangered species and efforts to protect it.
82. Design a CD / Record, Book or ebook, or Magazine Cover for a special edition about some major accomplishments, landmark or significant issues in the units we are studying.
83. Students summarise a concept as a 60 second film. This will develop their understanding and unleash creativity. Excellent for revision with students taking different concepts and then combining all the movies together i can create a Revision Movie!
84. Just like idea 83 this time for a podcast student will summarise a concept as a 60 seconds using quickvoice or Hokusai apps. Again there is an excellent opportunity to share the revision materials with the class. Each student or pair of students taking different concepts and then combining all the podcasts together i can create a complete revision Podcast!
85. Take a topical or relevant news article of Geographical or Historical significance and read it to students. After reading the article and a little discussion students are to draw a representation of the issue or event using a drawing app like: glow draw, draw for iPad, sketchbook express or another drawing app they like.
86. Use PuppetPals to interview an Historical Character about his/her role in the events we are studying in Egypt and or Rome.
87. Compose a Rap or Song about why animals become endangered or about an historic event.
88. Teaching Latitude and longitude i am going to use some fun you tube videos like: the latitude and longitude song and some other you tube videos so students have a conceptual understanding. Then complete an activity using an atlas so they can practice what is Latitude and Longitude then students will be asked to show their level of understanding by given the privilege of explaining to aliens on the following scenario: Aliens from the planet Gluttogloop have arrived on Earth on a vital mission to sample the culture and nature of planet Earth to report back to their elders on whether Earth should be become part of the Galactic United National congress. In order to compile their report they need to understand how to read a map of the world and therefore how to work out map coordinates for Latitude and Longitude. Being Earths chosen ambassador your job is to explain how to make sense of map coordinates and assist the visitors to make it to the following locations: students will need to be given both location names and the latitudes and longitudes of locations to complete the activity students choose their app to show their level of understanding and creativity with the task.
89. Use any app you choose to make series of Journal/Diary Entries expressing the thoughts that a person from the past may have had about a particular event or issue.
90.Write and illustrate a creative Story based on actual Geographical or historical events. Students could use creative book builder to publish their own book for this idea or another app of their choosing.
91. Grid References -Show me what you know…. Using maps i have scanned students choose one of them and create a worksheet like they are the teacher. They need to include no more than 12 questions no less than 9, including a variety of questions both giving grid references and requiring them to be given. Also have a range of questions some challenging some basic questions and some requiring students to explain change over time. Students can use any app to create their worksheet – then they must answer the questions.
92. Create a Hero/Villain Poster for an historical figure who has qualities of both. Make a decision on which qualities represent this person best. Use an app you think fits the task best.
93. Assemble a Time Capsule of items that would be found at the site of an historical event. Take a series of photos and use these to write a series of journal entries on the historical significance of your time capsule.
94. Write a Story about what it would have been like to witness a major historical event e.g. Birth of a pharaoh,or a Roman battle or the death of Ceasar. You could use any story creation app like creative book builder, puppetpals, toontastic, storykit etc.
95. Make a Diagram or Collage of an historical event – use an app like Photomess, Corkulous, DoodleBuddy, Glow Draw, Draw for iPad etc
96. Use a game like Defend your Castle as a starter for a lesson – students play for 5 to 10 minutes then after some discussion about how an army defends and why students research a particular castle defenses or army in a historical time period to discover how they defend their territory. What worked, what didn’t and why. Students start the lesson excited and engaged and continue that into the research phase of the lesson.
97. Using the app History on this day as a lesson starter – find out what happened today – how, why, where did it happen and what was it significance? A Quick pair and share activity and then present an aspect to the class. Alternatively it could be used at the end of a topic before starting a new one. Students investigate an event on a particular day and give a quick 5 important aspects that lead to this event or discover 5 important things that occurred as a result of this event.
98. Students create a very quick but effective and professional feeling video to show for Geography: why desert plants survive in a desert environment or what difference can an individual make to conserving our threatened animals before they become endangered. For History: the legacy of the Egyptians or Romans. I have an Animoto Edu pass that i have given my students so they have Animoto plus for 6 months to create any length movies rather than 60 seconds movies :).
99. What a great beginning to our History course next semester by having a scavenger hunt through the time periods we will study. Using the concept of the game a Scavenger hunt through history – http://www.pbs.org/wnet/historyofus/tools/scavenger/game2_flash.html as my basis i will create a hunt around the historical periods we are to study – students will work in teams using any apps they want to gather the information and objects they need. As they progress through the scavenger hunt they will get a taste of the time periods and areas we will study this year.
100. Combining iMessage with a spy mission – I think i will be onto a winner here: i the students will be sent messages ideally or a screen shot of the messages and they need to solve the puzzle. Ideally i would like to send the messages out to the students but i doubt imessage works on our network so will screen capture it just in case! I have made a new email address – The Dark black knight and all the missions will come from the head of my new spy organisation to my spies ( my year 7 class!) The challenge is to complete the spy mission and in doing so students will apply their knowledge of Latitude and Longitude to capture the villains. Here is the first mission below:
It will be a great way to start and or finish classes with a new mission every few lessons, exploring and applying different skills sets. This has application in so many subjects i will also have them complete missions in our History semester but the skills they will be using and showcasing will change with the various missions i create.
101. Create a snap shot of a lesson – using the app audioboo record a snap shot of lessons to explain key concepts.
102. Using the Voicethread app I intend to upload a mystery picture or photos on a current topic. Then get the students to comment on what they think it’s all about. Rather like a pre or post test.
103. Create a motivational type of poster – that is include a picture, a main encompassing word and then a few more explanatory words. Students can create a poster of this type related to a topic or issue in both Geography and History.
104. Before, Before, After, After. Choose an image and ask pupils to consider what happened before the picture was taken and what will happen in the future. Choose the time ranges . e.g 10 years before etc depending on the image.
105. Describing photos – Pair students up….Give one student in each pair an image…they then have to describe the image to the second student. The second student then draws what is described onto their iPad using a drawing app of their choice.
106. The simple ones are the best. Students write a series of questions about an interesting image. Who? What? Where? Why? When? Then spend the lesson researching and discussing the answers.
107. Whereabouts is that? To develop students’ observation, map work and team work skills (or just to spend a lesson outside in the sunshine…) Take a set of photographs around the school site – close-ups and/or unusual angles – and number them. Provide pairs of students with a set of photographs and a blank map of the school site – their challenge is to identify the locations of the photographs and number them on their maps… Most correct in allotted time is the winner!
108. Using the app History calender for iPad – give everyone in the class a date and time period. Students then need to choose 1 event or birth from the time period given using the app. Once they have chosen the event or birth they need to research for a given time period and discover 5 things they think are interesting as a result of the event or birth in question. They need to not just be able to explain the things that they find interesting but why they found them interesting. Students then need to pair and share their five interesting things they discovered. The listener needs to give feedback to the presenter 2 things they liked about the presentation and 1 thing they might have liked more information on.
109. Create a treasure hunt through time using the app History Calendar for iPad.
110. Roman Virtual app is an awesome app full or rich information, it makes a great presentation app to mirror to the students. Students use the information they have seen and heard to create an artifact which explains their understanding of an event or invention etc
111. Back in time is a fantastic app – mirror this app to show the students sections as stimulus material then the students are to create short animations to show their understanding of what happened and why in particular times.
112. StumbleUpon! the app and the website are a great and refreshing resource. It is a great way to discover new and interesting things from across the web. You can sign up for different areas of interest or you can just hit the StumbleUpon button for random things. In this case my idea is for my students to widen their reading and research in topics using this app rather than just Google!
113. Make collecting and marking work on the iPad easier with sendtodropbox – awesome idea that enables you to set up an email address where documents, photos etc can be emailed for collection.
114. A fun introduction to endangered species is the app WilderQuest – Nature Discovery. Free, Australian and fun what a great engaging way to start this topic.
115. Create a movie using time / colour effects to show how animals go from being threatened to endangered over time and how this happens. Students pick from a hat the animal of their focused research. Use the apps silent film director or 8mm HD to show change over time.
116. Create a story book – write and illustrate a story book for grade 6 students on your understandings of a topic or unit of work e.g. Everyday life in Ancient Egypt, Rome or Greece or for Geography Life in the desert environments. Students can use a book creator app like: Creative Book Builder, My Story, Book Creator, Demibooks, Scribble Press, or eBook Creator then on Orientation day year 7 students can sit with grade 6 students and read their books and start to create a bond and strengthen transition to secondary school. Thus making secondary school a little more interesting and exciting 🙂
Fieldwork presentation ideas for our upcoming visit to Ringwood Lake:
117. Create a how to guide. SnapGuide is an app which allows to create your own guides and share what you love making generally most are around things to cook, build, wear, or play. But if we think outside the square this is a perfect app for students to create their own how to guides for anything really. Using text, images and video Snapguide allows you to create your own how to guides. For each image you can write up to 200 characters and or record your voice. Once students have created their guide they can email a link of the guide to share their work. I am thinking that students could use this to create a tour guide for our fieldwork, How to create a plant that would survive in the desert environment. Students could also use the app in our study of various histories: How to create a pyramid, How to create an authentic Greek feast, etc
118. Using the app 8mmHD to explain change over time at Ringwood Lake and surrounding area. Change the filter of the camera and film the various areas within the Lake. For each area explain how it has changed over time and why.
119. Audio tour guide – Create a Geographical and Historical guide through the Ringwood lake area which individuals could use to learn more about the Geographic and Historic significance of the area and how and why it has changed over time. Use the Hokusai app to create your audio tour.
120. Create a picture book for grade 5 students telling the story of _____________ who has lived and worked around the lake all his long life and has stories from his parents to pass down to others about how the lake. Use Creative book builder or my story to create your book.
121. Create a Scavenger hunt which allows the treasure hunt to discover the Geographic and Historical gems and hidden opportunities within the Ringwood Lake area. You could use sketchbook express, keynote, smartnote or an app of your choice to create your Scavenger hunt.
122. Create a cork board using Corkulous pro showing a visual diary of where to visit and why when you are at Ringwood Lake
123. Create Information Display boards for the front of the lake to inform patrons about the Geographical and Historical significance of the lake. You could use Bamboo paper, corkulous pro, keynote or an app of your choice to present your work.
124. Create an information kit for Grade 6 or year 7 students in country Victoria who are studying Ringwood Lake you can use a series of apps like strip designer, bamboo paper, paperportNotes or just one app to give what you consider to be the important materials students in country Victoria would need as they can’t personally visit the lake.
125. Create a video safari tour experience of Ringwood Lake – Safari Experts should be interviewed and give important details to the viewer on the essential sites to be explored at Ringwood Lake. Use the video camera and reel director app to create your movie or 8mmHD and Reel Director
126. Create a Walking tour for the Lake highlighting significant sites and relevant information for the walker. You could use smartnote, bamboo paper or paperportNotes or an app of your choice.
127. Make a word bank of the important terms from the fieldwork you could use smartnote, keynote or an app of your choice.
128. Create a timeline showing change over time at Ringwood Lake you could use bamboo paper, corkulous pro or an app of your choice
129. Create a submission for the app Tourwrist by creating a series of panoramic images of the sites of significance at Ringwood Lake. You can use Panorama 360 Camera. Along side your images use an app of choice to create an information brief about the images you have created.
130. Create a newspaper article for the Maroondah Leader for the Anniversary of Ringwood Lake – the focus of the article is change over time. Your brief is to capture both change over time at the Lake and of the users of the lake. Use create front page news or an app of your choice.
131. Create a table to show the cause and effect of change at Ringwood Lake – identify causes of change to the area and then the events and effects that occurred as a result. Use an app where you can draw as well as write like smartnote, noterze, sketchbook express or bamboo paper
132. Compare and contrast Ringwood Lake using a Venn diagram – what has remained the same and what is different about the Lake. Use smart note, bamboo paper or paperportnotes for this activity.
133. Making creation of a timeline interesting and fun by using QR codes using http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ and then students use i-nigma app, which is free to read the codes and put them into a timeline order using an app of their choice.
134.Create a digital portfolio for students quickly and easily digitize student work and build the resource for authentic assessment in your classroom using the app three ring – it is free and easy to set up your classes and then use to create digital portfolios or record student progress or authenticate student work.
135. Using the app smartnote in built graphic orgnaisers like the Venn diagram to compare and contrast change with different, same, different. Students brainstorm individually then compare with a small group and add to their diagram before class discussion about why change has occurred.
136. Use Nearpod app teacher and student app to access free presentations which incorporate quiz material, video and other stimulating materials to engage students on a range of topics. Oh and did i mention it is free!
137. Using Adobe Photoshop Express, a free universal app for fieldwork pictures to rotate, crop, and enhance the images students have taken at the lake.
138. Sharing keynotes when they are too big to email – use iworks.com beta to share your keynote presentation with your teacher. As the recipient of an the email i have the option to view, or view and comment, or view, comment and download the presentation. It is easy to set up and use and share your creation this way.
139. Using the free teacher app Nearpod create quizzes or other content for class. Created materials can be shared directly to students who have the Nearpod student app installed. Teachers can view students’ responses individually or as a whole class. I have created a presentation – you need to access the website to create your presentation rather than use the app. Note there is a size limit both to materials being uploaded and the total presentation. What is great is that you can include question and answer question, multi choice questions, video and other stimulus material and drawing / writing tasks. This awesome app is free and as an educator you can get a free upgrade to Silver edition to create the presentations for your classes. Students can work through the presentation individually or you can direct and control the presentation through the teacher app and type of material and questions your include. There is a great community help site to help resolve issues when they occur. Ticks all the boxes so far, although my first presentation was too big and won’t publish! Oh well that is why i test them before rolling out to staff 🙂 Awesome app and website.
140. Almost a term and half into our Geography semester i am having my year 7 students create a movie about What is Geography? They can be as creative as they want, use any app or apps and equipment they would like and make a movie that covers what they believe geography is all about. I gave the students some ideas for possible apps to use; Puppet Pals, Reel director, iMovie (some have purchased themselves), the video camera. Equipment that could be accessed; Flip cameras and a camera connector, whiteboard and iPad dongle, microphones etc. Breifly as a class we discussed the key themes and concepts we had studied so far and i made a few notes on the board for students to refer. Task one was to storyboard their group ideas, allocate tasks and work out equipment and apps to use. Students were engaged in the task, love the concept of getting to create in groups and were challenged to think about what to include and how to create a movie that would engage an audience.
141. Having students use reminders for when work, tasks and other things like returning notes, wearing special clothes for fieldwork etc is really helpful and quite a powerful tool.
142. Improve the listening skills of my year 7 students by creating a podcast which students need to listen to and then follow the instructions to complete a small task.
143. Improve student observation skills by creating a visual challenge using a combination of a Nearpod presentation focusing on visual aspects teamed with some QR codes printed and blue-tacted in the classroom
144. Paperless classroom – thanks to Nearpod app i have just over come the last issue i had with a paperless test! Yeah your thinking!! But is am i talking about I was using Google Forms for my test the catch was no images can be included in a Google form! …. Visuals are an essential in testing some concepts. We thanks to Nearpod the free teacher and student apps you can create a Quiz or Question and Answer series of questions which students answer and you not only get their results in real time you can also project them to the class, print a report to keep the data. You can use the data for instant feedback and assessment. I can now include maps, images etc in my tests and still have a record of student responses both for multi-choice and short answer questions.
145. GoClass could prove to be a promising app especially for pretesting and post testing students for a topic or unit. It looks good for teachers with the option to project students’ responses in aggregate with the added bonus of students remaining anonymous. The ability to show responses will be great for furthering discussion and teasing out what correct responses should look like.
146. Instant feedback, no registration required, easy to create an instant online test which self corrects http://testmoz.com/#build is a very effective website where you can create an online test with multi-choice, true/false, multiple response questions and fill in the blank type questions. The quiz works well on laptops and iPads and gives instant feedback to the students on how they did. Teachers can get the responses for each student also however, i really like that students have instant feedback. The only feature missing is you can’t have an image as part of your question for students to analyze. Great tool worked really well with my year 7 class.
147. Create a word bank of main themes or ideas using WordFoto app – include a pertinent image and the most essential terms
148. Use drawing tools like sketchbook express and glow draw to gain quick student feedback and understandings on a range of topics
149. Use voice recording tools like Quickvoice and iTalk to give students the opportunity to record a quick pod cast on their understandings and knowledge of areas studied.
150. Create a quick thinking task where students need to apply geographical concepts learnt in class – create an aris activity and have students complete it.
151. Thanks Lucy for this idea 🙂 – Having read a little information about why the Orangutan is endangered – i talked to the students about the Don’t palm us off campaign and showed the students the zoo campaign on http://www.zoo.org.au/PalmOil and students – students then in groups were given the task of creating an advert to get young people and adults to join the campaign and learn more. Students can use any app or apps they like to create either a poster or a tv ad – they can use paper too if they like 🙂
152. I used Bill Atkinson photocard app to create this task for my students
153. Again I used Bill Atkinson photocard app to create this task for my students.
154. love this app I used Bill Atkinson photocard app to create this task for my students.
155. TouchTV is an app to bring video content to your iPad – Discovery, History, National Geographic, Weather etc all have content available through the app – i will use this as stimulus material for both Geography and History.
156. National Geography today is a free app which you can access rich content – Photographic, video, news, blog and travel gallery all rich and stunning images. I am thinking of using this to get students thinking about the world they live in thinking global and applying to a local contexts as well as global contexts.
157. Digital markbook using a spread sheet on numbers to record marks for my classes- i can share this between my iPad and MacBook easily.
158. Thinking local and global acting local and global! Just discovered a great app called MyEnvironment -students are going to use this to identify the invasive species, protected areas, protected species,threatened communities, weed species etc in the area both around the school and their home as part of our endangered species unit of work.
159. Studying endangered species i have allowed the students to choose their own animal, as long as it is different from every other students animal. Students who are studying Australian Victorian animals are using the app Field guide to Victorian Fauna
to help them with discovering the path/journey their animal species and the environment have been own to become endangered today.
160. Some students studying an endangered animal from overseas are the app from the Singapore zoo called Education@zoo to help the students with their research into how their animal ended up on the endangered list. The app has both information and images for the students to use as a good starting point.
161. Some students studying an endangered animal from Africa as using the app Animals of Africa LITE – A Montessori Approach to Geography HD This app is a good starting point to help the students with their research into how their animal ended up on the endangered list. The app has both information and images for the students to use as a good starting point.
162. The app by IUCN – Species on the Edge is a great teacher resource. A unique guide to 365 species on the Red List, the most widely recognised list of threatened and endangered species, compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It proved very handy when students could not make a decision on which animal to study for their Endangered Species research.
163. Instant Wild delivers LIVE photographs of wild animals to you from motion sensitive cameras placed in remote locations across the globe. By identifying the animals that have been photographed, students can play a direct role in helping conservation scientists understand and protect wildlife.
Developed by the Zoological Society of London, this unique app lets you monitor wildlife from the comfort of our classroom. You may be the first to discover a new species, or rediscover an animal once thought to be extinct! Students are using this app to see if they can find their endangered animal in the wild. They are also using it in class in groups to play a role in conservation and preservation of all animals by identifying the animals in the images.
164. Using Reflection app to create help how to video’s for students and other teachers is easy. Using reflection app on my MacBook i can see what is on the iPad – every screen, in all apps and then using Snap Proz i can capture the picture and sound from the iPad and also my voice as i explain step by step what students and teachers need to do to effectively use the app or problems solve issues. One movie for 500 plus students = awesome use of my time.
165. Use my story book to create a book about what to do and how to survive in the desert! Students are given different deserts to research and write about.
166. Use pic college, a free app, to create a visual diary about a desert location – an Australian desert location is chosen from the app pick me and students then add images and text to create a visual diary of the good, bad and interesting of their location.
167. Use a series of pic college creations to explain -What deserts are like? Where and Why they are located where they are? then students are to use the series of pictures created in a corkulous pro cork board to to tell the Where and Why of deserts in a meaningful way.
168. Play the extinction squad game as a discussion starter to conclude endangered species unit.
169. Deserts new topic, no time! Solution: teach a little of the basics and then divide up the topic and students use a Google presentation to teach a small part of the content – using the Google app.
170. Once students have completed idea 169 then the students can use Nearpod teacher app to create a teaching resource and mini – see what you have learnt tool to capture how well they taught their concept or topic. Nearpod is fast becoming my best app of 2012 so much potential for teachers and students to engage with content it is awesome. I think i will create the accounts so then i can upgrade to silver membership in order to create presentations to save on time. Students work in teams to create their presentations based on teams in idea 169. Plus book a computer lab for the period to create the teacher presentations.
171. Using understoodit.com i will then revise the important Geo-spatial concepts to ensure all students understand the these important concepts. With understoodit.com, now in beta, students using the web can click on confused or understand to give a teacher an idea of where they might need to revise a concept in more detail. Web based this site works on all devices – big tick :). This will give me a basic idea of where students are not clear and more direct teaching is needed.
172. Using the app Ansel’s Africa projected for the class to view – we will explore and follow Ansel and use this app to discover more about Egypt and Africa. Using the game as research prompts for the class to create an atmosphere and engaging way to journey through Egyptian history.
173. PyramidVille adventure is a free app which i think will be great for a little homework on recreating an historical town in Egypt. Students learn in class about infrastructure and then apply knowledge in the game.
174. Empire Builder: Ancient Egypt for iPhone is a free app. Just like the PyramidVille app students can build and create the architecture of Egypt. Students can explore both apps and build their recreation with the app they feel will do the best job.
175. Using Cardboard i am going to create my own portable Tardis! dressing up like my favourite time lord -Tom Baker ( only hat, scarf and coat!) i will have the students walk through time with me to our historical locations we are to study. Students will then go on QR scavenger hunts to find objects and vital information to piece together where and when we have landed. This could also take the form of a map they need to follow etc
176. Students use our Tardis adventures to create their own story using My Story – book creator app. It is simple to use, Mr 6 has created his own book using it with pictures, voice recordings and text. The created stories can be sent to iBooks to view as a book, shared via email for others to enjoy too.
177. Talking teaching History – I plan to read students the beginnings of a story – give the start to them digitally and then they finish the story given a historical context by me. Students could have the same time period or different ones – it should prove to be rich and rewarding, i hope.
178. Scavenger hunt in three stages ( the next three ideas make up the hunt!) Part 1 using treasure hunt creator QR codes with written clues take a pic or record sound once have worked those ones out then annotate a school map of the location
179. Part 2 QR codes which play sounds and music – work out the clue and take a photo then annotate a school map of the location
180. Part 3 small picture images which students need to locate around the school then annotate a school map, showing the location and take a big picture view to include little view in the shot.
181. Begin a story and students finish it – the story has nothing to do with history or any subject for that matter. However it all hangs on the start of the story and that the students understand they can be as creative as they wish while including factual information about the time and place they are traveling to. The start of story centres around children finding a magic key that time travels. However, there is no way to control when and where they go! So different members of the class lucky dip for their time and location! They could all have the same time and different locations or different times and the same location.
182. My focus for History is on the story telling aspect however students will need to remember some information so here are a couple of ways over the next few ideas. Students use gargeband to record a rap song they have written for important dates in history by topic.
183. Students can create a quiz or a series of flash cards for themselves as they complete topics or units. Then, before a test or common test, they can complete the quiz to assist in revising concepts and identify areas that might need more work. You could use Mental Class Classroom Edition or gFlash+ for this.
184. Students can create their own movies to assist with revision of subject materials using Reel Director, Puppet Pals, Sock Puppets or Sonic Pics Lite especially if they are more visual learners.
185. Students can create their own concept maps to brainstorm, recap learnigs or organize ideas, using Idea Sketch, Corkulous, Mind Mash or Bamboo Paper.
186. History is about the story. So i intend to start some lessons or end them where students are given an historical image and they need to pick out the error/s and explain what doesn’t fit the image and why it or they don’t fit.
187. Qr voice recording codes can be created using http://qrvoice.net/ – Give students instructions or clues by the voice recording awesome addition to my scavenger hunt and to worksheets as instructions can be read out. More ideas on the variety of uses to follow 🙂
188. Qr codes voice recording of students explaining their work. Using QR codes students have created to explain their work them I will print them out and the students can glue them on work tjo be displayed.
189.Students create Qr codes voice recording of how to get to different locations around the school perhaps teamed with these codes they also create a qr code of a map showing the way too the location also.
190. Create an Archeology treasure hunt using qr codes to give student Directions of where to go, what to collect etc
191. As part of this term all year 7 subjects teach an Integrated unit on smoking. In Geography the themes were around Smoking and the environment. So rather than just answer questions I had my students choose one of the following options: Choice 1: Create a television ad for Clean Up Australia about smoking and it’s effect on the environment.
192. Choice 2 for the Integrated unit on smoking was for students to create a rap song about smoking and the environment for Clean Up Australia.
193. Students then needed to turn their rap song into a music video with visuals about how smoking effects the environment.
194. Choice 3 for the Integration unit on smoking was for students to create a magazine add with qr code links to more information about how smoking harms the environment.
195. Started History today my lesson – i played the students these songs and got them to listen to them and write down the Historical context they could see, hear and feel from the songs. Students made notes, we had great discussion on some of the songs as to the context. We sang and at one stage I danced Garrett style to beds are burning – this was a great intro to History and the idea that story telling is important in History. Here is my play list for the first class –
196. Lesson 1 part 2 – after discussing the songs I talked a little about why it is important to tell a story. Then I asked the students to go out and photograph 10 different things that in 2000 years from now might be dug up by an archeologist that would tell the story of the school site. Students brainstormed a little in class, then they went out of class for 10 minutes and took photos of the artifacts they believed would be here in 2000 years to tell the story of RSC. Interesting results but it made the students think about what would be found that would add to the story of the site.
197. During lessons over the following weeks i am going to continue to play students songs with Historical contexts and get them to listen and record their context. I have also set the students homework to find a song with Historical context that i have not played to them. (Songs need to come on iPad ready to play to the class or have a link to play online so we can all hear and work out the context! Oh they must be different from others in the class!) Here is my second playlist of songs for the following lessons –
ideas 198.to 204 The following is a series of 6 activities which i used as stations in a series of lessons on what History is, what Archaeologists do and why they are important in uncovering the past.
205. Paper Telephone …. a fun free app to test your knowledge, revise concepts learnt and test knowledge… using one iPad students work in groups of three – choose pass n’ play, select a number of turns then begin by entering a players name then enter the starting phrase. For my year 7’s it was around uncovering the past and the role Archaeologist play in this and how they perform their jobs. Enter your phrase then click to confirm it and pass the iPad to your pair who will have a turn at drawing the phrase and passing it onto player three and so on.
206. Pocket is a great app for reading information, tweets, videos and websites later – it has potential for students to identify research material to draw on and review later while they continue their research as it collects information together in a clear and user friendly way. This is one app i will be introducing to my year 7’s for their passion project a follow on to Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure.
207. Teaching seasons and weather in your classroom here is an idea to tap into the Angry Bird phenomena
209. NASA Science: A journey of Discovery is a free app which has some awesome information about the effects of space weather on Earth’s technology and How are Earth’s sea ice and ice sheets changing. The information is a great starting point for students exploring an issues, creating a persuasive response to a Geographic topic and great food for thought too.
210. Using the foxtel Olympics apps i am going to tap into the extra material and use Tony Robinson’s ‘London Games Unearthed’ as stimulus material for some discussions around the Olympics and comparisons of then and now.
211. Here is my Historical passion project for my year 7 class. The students will focus on areas they are interested in and present their thinking, playing, findings, discoveries and learning in any way they wish as long as they complete planning documentation and meet the criteria…-
212. As a quick end to our Archaeological introduction we are going to use the app Dino dig in a stations based lesson where this is one of the activities —–go on a dig, find bones and put them together…quick and fun but it will lead onto more discussions about primary and secondary source materials and the importance of each along with our essential question – How do we uncover the past?
213. The other app we will use along with idea 212 is Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs again a fun but engaging learning app to discover how we can uncover the past. At this stage i am thinking the students are in groups, the groups jigsaw and some will do activity 212 while others do 213 then they come together to discuss what they learnt and what they now think about our essential question.
214. Create a movie trailer using inaworldof..drama to end our introduction into how we uncover the past and the importance and role of archaeologist play in uncovering the past.
215. I am going to start using soundGecko with my students to so they can listen to some of the information before coming to class then in class we can discuss, debate and build on knowledge. SoundGecko is a FREE text-to-audio transcribing service that lets you “read” any article or written content from the web on the go in an audio format. There is a free iPhone app which students can download. All you do is paste a URL into SoundGecko and it converts the article into speech. You can send the new audio file via email.
216. Digital trading cards for the gods of Egypt … students are each given the role of a god they need to create a digital trading card using an app like strip designer, Pic collage, bamboo paper or an app they choose. For their digital trading card they need to include an image and information about their god. The trading card should clearly communicate the role of the god, vital information, statistic etc for the god as well as appropriate images and drawings. Picture and text should work together to tell the story of the god in an interesting and clear manner.
217. Swapping digital trading cards – students will have one lesson where they take on the role of the god and go around the room talking to all the other gods and swapping their digital trading cards using the free app Bump. Bump allows you to share photos between idevices. Both devices need to have the bump app open and then you gently bump the devices together and the app does the rest – that is saying you have the photo you want to bump showing!
218. Passion project – students are going to work in class this week on their passion project and to help them get organized the app Popplet lite will be a starting point to jot down things they know, things they want to learn about the person and questions they have. Students may or may not answer the questions in the app. It will be used as a starting point to get them to think about the importance of being organized, asking and answering questions and noting sources down as they go rather than later.
219. Students are beginning to study Ancient Egypt so after an introduction and talk about the the importance of the Nile students are going to create a travel ad movie for tourist to the ancient lands in ancient times. they can use reel director, imovie or animoto or an app of their choice.
220. Students create an Angry birds Egypt to showcase the different building structures within the ancient times in Egypt
221. Adding onto the last idea Students create a new series of Angry birds – back to the future… levels and episodes created to do with all the ancient cultures creating a few levels to do with Mesopotamia building on our trip to the museum.
222. Students will be taken into Minecraft and have to construct an Egyptian structure using creative building
223. Following on from idea 222. students are to explain how they created their structure, the role it played, importance and significance – the discussion or presentation should be brief and to the point.
224. Use sketchbook express to create a series of overlays on a map or maps provided to show change over time this has both Geographical and Historical applications. Students can then use their map to explain and give examples of the changes they can identify.
225. Use the app skitch to annotate and share images – students can identify and explain the features in their image, identify processes, KGI’s etc
226. Students can use sketchbook express to identify, map and explain the KGI’s of distribution, movement etc. Sketchbook express has an overlay feature which allows students to easily identify differences, changes and annotate maps or images.
227. Use strip designer or another cartoon/comic app to draw a cartoon that shows why and how settlements start to form and then strengthen into civilizations. Show the change from hunters and gatherers to a community.
228. A trip down the Nile – i had my students move all the desks to the sides of the room and create a boat from the chairs. Dressing up as Indiana Jones I took the students on a virtual a trip along the Nile of Ancient Egypt describing and pointing out features, playing Egyptian music and getting the students to imagine the things i was describing. Students then worked in groups to create an advert to advertise the Nile in Ancient Egypt to Egyptians and other Ancient regions. Students created videos, posters, brochures using a variety of apps they chose. Thanks Lucy for the idea of the Advert of the Nile much appreciated 🙂
229. Pyramid builders – students are to use the Minecraft app and try and construct a pyramid – take a screen shot and use an app they like to compare their pyramid and an Egyptian pyramid – annotate the images explain how difficult it was to build and how and why the Egyptians built the pyramids.
230. Working in groups students are to illustrate or annotate an image/images of how they would build a pyramid and make it robber proof. What are the best materials, methods etc that the ancient Egyptians could have employed. Students can use any app that allows for drawing and text, skitch, sketchbook express, screen chomp, strip designer etc
231. We boarded the Tardis and set off for Ancient Egypt 4000 yrs ago with the Doctor… arriving on the banks of the Nile ….we discussed location and climate given its Geographical location. Students brainstormed on the whiteboard – a collection of Whiteboard markers allowed everyone to add a comment. students then used the camera in the iPad to take a photo of their brainstorm cloud rather than write it all out again!!
232. This week students learnt about Egyptian climate and the implications for clothing in ancient Egypt after brainstorming they used an app of their choice to clothe dolls – the first in ancient Egyptian clothing of the rich and the second in clothing of the poor. They needed to include make up, jewels, footwear and clothing appropriate to each using any app they wanted. Most chose sketchbook express or pro for they overlay effect it has as they imported an image they found of a barbie doll to use as the model! Thanks Lucy for this awesome idea much appreciated.
233. Continuing on with Climate and its implications for ancient Egypt after looking at clothing we went on to view and discuss housing. Sharing with the students images of mud brick houses we discussed the Why? How? and features of the poor and wealthy. Students then created their own images of a house, or built a house in Minecraft which is for sale. They are then going to create the for sale sign outlining its features. (Thanks Lucy for the inspiration and ideas)
234. Interview 4 women from different classes for a radio show on the rights of women.. they could include – Nefertiti, a servant,a musician, weaver, professional mourner, priestess, dancer, wealthy woman, Cleopatra etc The interviews are to be about the rights and importance of woman in ancient Egypt society. Students need to design the questions and then divide up the roles so each person in a group of 2 can both interview and be interviewed taking on the role of various women in the broadcast. Each interview should be no longer than 2 minutes. The students will use a voice recording app of their choice to record their radio show. Quickvoice, italk or Hokusai audio editor could be used.
235. A picture tells a story….Students will put all the images they make in the ancient Egypt unit together using the app Haiku Deck they can then share them with me via email or export and email it to me. They can put their images in order and add text.
236. Learning about bartering – so i created a game where by the students were put into groups – i went around the room and gave them a number from one to four this made up the groups. Each group received an envelop with resources that each group might have had in Ancient Egypt. With their resources they had to make: Wheat – make four strips of gold paper each 8 cm’s long, Timber – make a green triangle with two sides 10 cm long, Shelter – make a brown square with 5 cm sides and attach a gold triangle to one side of the square, Flax – make three 8 x 5 cm rectangles in any three colours and Transportation – make a four – link paper chain, each link to be of a different colour. Some students had just paper others had a variety of the following resources – different colored paper, scissors, pens or textas. paper clips and or rulers. it was interesting to see how long it took them to work out they needed to trade and how easily some groups gave away resources like the ruler for very little value. After the game we discussed bartering and how it worked in ancient Egypt and then the students reviewed the game and how they went and felt during the game on their iPads using an app of choice.
237. Today we looked at paintings of workers each group of students had a different painting to analyze and review then contribute to a concept map on the board about the jobs they could identify. We discussed the roles and then the students were given a number from one to four. The number identified what job they had. For their job they were to create a brief job description including images or an image of the role. Students researched their role / job and then created a job description using various apps, smartnote, pages, a keynote slide, pic collage etc
238. Colour by numbers… students are to colour in a map of Egypt to identify where the places where that plants could grow and people could like. Students can do this on the iPad using sketchbook express or on paper if they prefer. When completed then are to take a photo using the iPad or screen shot and use the app skitch to annotate the image pointing out where people lived and planted where grown and key characteristics of the map. Students will then save their annotated image and putting it into smart note they are to explain what why things are where they are with reference to their map.
239. To enhance student learning on toys and games children played the students will learn how to play the game Senet using the free Senet app which teaches them the rules as they play and allows then to play against another student or the iPad.
240. In learning about crafters, traders and markets the students will sketch their idea of the best market to ‘trade’ their wares. They can use any app they wish to create their image. Then they will use the app photocard making their image the picture on the postcard. Then they are to write a message on the postcard informing others what they have to trade and what they are hoping to trade for!
241. Passion project rubric the students and I discussed what should be assessed in their passion projects, which aspects were worth and should be marked and we voted on it as a class. Together we made our rubrics and used Rubistar to create it. The students took photos of the board rubrics with their cameras on the iPad giving me time to type it up. Here it is
242. Students are to create a music video about ancient Egypt using the app video star, real director, imovie or another app of their choice. For inspiration i will show the students
an awesome and clever video by the “historyteachers” aka Amy Burvall and Herb Mahelona. They are bringing history alive and making it relevant to all who view their videos.
243. Students use a drawing app like sketchbook express where they can create overlays to draw the outside entrance to their tomb and label their drawing once it is complete using the app skitch.
244. Using Bill Atkinson’s Photocard app students write a postcard from Ancient Egypt. They are to write a postcard to their family highlighting the materials and goods which they have been able to see and barter for through trade with other merchants from surrounding countries.
245. Back to the future… Using Photocard students are a create a postcard from a historian who is studying ancient Egypt sending it to students who are studying ancient Egypt today. The postcard is to identify and explain three things that were better in ancient times than they are now.
246. Tell the story of your life in creating a painting for the inside of your tomb – use an app like sketchbook express or livesketch as they allow for the detail necessary to tell a story in an illustration.
247. Having traded digital trading cards and discussed the features, roles and appearance students are to create their own version of an Egyptian god. Drawing apps were best for this with sketchbook express being the favorite one.
248. Students design a painting / illustration for the outside of a mummy case using colour, detail and hieroglyphics to convey a story of the life inside the coffin.
249. Complete a Nearpod activity, using the app Nearpod, for the journey to the afterlife including watching a short movie, completing a quiz on what can be recalled and interpretations of wall paintings and understandings of terms used in the presentation.
250. Create a comic strip about the life of King Tut including key stages of his life in 7 strips. The comic must flow and show an understanding of King Tut’s life. Part of the criteria for this task was easy to follow and understand text with images that assist in telling the story.
251. Introduction to Egyptian writing – students are introduced to hieroglyphics by decode the message. Students Use the following website on their iPads to crack the code below – http://www.eyelid.co.uk/hiero1.htm
thanks Lucy students loved it…
252. Hieroglyphics continued…Students then got them to write 3-5 clues about themselves in hieroglyphics using the typewriter on their iPads and writing out on a piece of paper (no name), gathered them all up and swapped them with other people in the class to de-code and work out who wrote the clues.
253. After discussion about ancient Egyptian writing students then in groups created a scavenger hunt with four locations all described with hieroglyphics. Students then emailed them to me I uploaded to dropbox and each group of students a scavenger hunt to complete. worked very well with all students returning to class with a set of photos they had taken at each for the four locations they identified from the clues.
254. Using the app Timeline jumble – anceint Egypt students will in pairs play and walk through the app. Quest History Timeline Jumble app challenges users to put History event cards back into the correct order. The Ancient Egypt edition features video by leading Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney. The students will use this as a revision activity.
255. Using the deskporters app on Egyptians students created a mind map about Egypt during the reign of Cleopartra. Students used Popplet lite, idea sketch, ibrainstorm, Corkulous pro or another app of their choosing to create their mind maps.
256 to 259 are to use the app Snapguide an iPhone app to create How to guides. The app was created for sharing recipes create on your iPhone/iPad and share on the web. Students are using this app to create one of four guides and then share them with me and their group. Each student was responsible for one of the following guides. Create a how to guide on how to make a mummy, create a how to guide on how to build a pyramid, create a how to guide on how to read and write using hieroglyphics and create a how to guide on how to conduct an archaeological dig. Students need to create their guide test it on a student who was not in their group and was creating a different guide from them to ensure that their guides made sense and included clear steps with images or video to assist the follower. Fun collaborative learning with great insightful feedback which was a rich learning experience for the students and me :).
260. Chirp is an iPhone app that allows you to use bluetooth to pass web links, photos and notes to others who have the app. Turn your sound up and open the app and your receive the chirped web link, photo or note. It is quick and easy to use thus making students sharing and collaboration easy.
261. Use Minecraft the app to build and sculpt Geographical landforms. Once you have created your allocated number of landforms you then need to explain how they are formed. Do this by taking a screen shot or shots and then using app skitch to annotate the images. This will enable you to label the landforms. You then will need to use an app of choice – Corkuluous Pro, Keynote, PicCollage etc to explain how the landforms is or are created and formed over time.
262. Using the app Haiku deck students are to create a presentation, portfolio, of all the sketches, drawings, maps, flyers, posters etc they have created during the unit on ancient Egypt to create a taster to a museum exhibition on ancient Egypt – there should be a little test to go with the images. Once complete students create a free account using their school email address and then share their presentation via email.
263. Check student understanding during a lesson by conducting rapid fire comprehension. Teachers asks questions quickly and students have 30 seconds to answer the questions – write it or draw it and put their iPad above their head, showing their answer to the class. Students can use a drawing app like glow draw ( the students love it) or sketchbook express etc to answer the question/s. It is an easy way to check student understanding, who is listening and engaging with the content and generally how everyone is traveling during the lesson.
264. Rapid fire end of the lesson comprehension and testing understanding. Students choose any app where they can write then… in 1 minute students write the three things they learnt during the class and one thing they would like to know more about and email to me before the bell goes! Works really well and it is interesting to read the one thing/area/aspect they would like to know more about.
265. Use strip designer to create a cartoon which demonstrates your knowledge on ancient Greece or explains your thinking about a ancient Greece.
266. Create one of these products music video, video story, animation in PuppetPals, Toontastic story or Picture storybook for primary students using the app MyStory or Creative Book Builder – Then choose one of the following two aspects: Ancient Egyptians gifts to us or A day in the life of an Ancient Egyptian.
267. Produce a play, use SimpleMind+, idea sketch or ibrainstorm or storyboard apps to help you in your planning for your play on Ancient Greece – entitled “When Greeks come bearing gifts!” . Work with your group to produce and present a play which demonstrates what you have learnt from your research and classwork. Make sure to include your own interpretation and analysis. Although everyone’s title is the same that is where the similarities will end you need to put your own ideas into play and work as a group to write the script and then perform your play to the class.
268. Give students a set of images – put these in a dropbox for students to access. Using Haiku deck the students put them into a time sequence and add titles to explain the images in terms of time and context. Students will need to research in groups to discover what the pictures is showing, what is its significance and put them into a time sequence. Students share presentations via email.
269. Students use a set of images in a Haiku deck presentation to discover a mystery – a story! Students need to work cooperatively to figure out the story the images and presentation is telling. Students then need to put them in the correct order, add text to make it a story rather than a slide show – put them together in Haiku deck to tell the story and then share with class via a presentation to the class and emailed link.
270. News report – Students plan our their news report, Video the report using camera app and put the whole news bulletin together using reel director or iMovie. Students are to include reports from each member of the group and then create extra reports using animation apps or film more content. The news report should tell the story of seven different story’s which made news headlines that day!
271. The Introduction to the news report is to made with either Lego superheroes movie maker or talking news. It should give the date of the news broadcast, time, and location as part of the introduction to the news.
272. Create a poster using Phoster app or pages or sketchbook pro on ancient Greek ingenuity.
273. Students are to create a radio broadcast of news report. In the report they are to describe one of the following events: settlement patterns, Geographical influences, key groups within society, knowledge of other civilizations, political system, cultural events, significant individuals, religious events, sporting events, discoveries, inventions, everyday life, education, health, food, drama, architecture, fashion, beauty, war, weapons, military, funerals, significant battles, trade, natural disasters and or entertainment. Individuals in groups are responsible for one to three news items and as a group all individual items are to be put into one news report and shared with the class.
274. Using the MyStory app students create a storybook entitled “When in Rome” – a story of ancient times.
275. Using any app or a series of apps create an advert to bring visitors to Ancient Rome.
276. Create a tour guide brochure to the ancient lands highlights – use images, maps, text for your guide. Use an app like corkulous pro, pages, smartnote, or any app you like that enables sharing of your brochure and images, maps, text etc.
277. Make a collage, in Pic Collage for example, to show your ideas and understanding from reading about what Ancient Rome looked like, cover fashion and beauty in your collage as a starting point.
278. Create an ancient Roman party for children include: appropriate costumes, food, games, wall art, music etc in order to recreate an ancient Roman themed party. Use a series of apps to help you plan, design and recreate your ancient party.
279. Create a menu for an ancient Roman restaurant. Your menu should include information about the dishes, prices or barter goods accepted as trade for dishes.
280. Build an ancient Roman restaurant in the style of ancient architecture – use the minecraft app for your creation. Take some screen shots of your minecraft restaurant. Using Sketchbook express to add your restaurant name to the images.
281. Create the artwork for the walls of our restaurant and a series of statues for the grand entrance to your restaurant. You can use a drawing app like sketchbook express, livescribe etc. Once you have created your art work add it to the images of the inside of your minecraft restaurant building. You can do this in sketchbook express by using the layers and then save your combined images as one image.
282. Put all your restaurant themed work together in a presentation which includes an ancient map identifying the location for your restaurant. Explain why you have located your restaurant where you have. The name of your restaurant and why it is so named. Share your presentation.
283. Create an historical game about Ancient Rome using the awesome free app sketch nation. Where you can create your own games. Follow the tutorial for simple games then explore the advanced options and have fun creating and share your games. Heaps of potential with this app in terms of application of learning in an engaging and unique way.
284. Using the website, primary pad – Create a board /room, share the link with your students. Each person in the room gets a different colour on the board and you can save the board as a pdf, word doc etc. Firstly the students write their name so it appears in their colour. Then the students put down their thoughts, ideas about Ancient Rome before starting to teach the topic. At the end of the topic I will start a new room and get the students to complete the same activity and then compare the two boards ( pre and post).
285. Brainstorm what you know about Ancient Greece you can use poppet lite, simplemind+, idea sketch etc
286. Using the website, primary pad use the collaborative pad to add group research notes on ancient Greece inventions. Use different boards for each group of students then show the class each board and discuss similarities and differences and ideas on the boards.
287. Using creative book builder to create your own book for ancient Greece – start a new book Ch 1 introduction include your brainstorm task by taking a screen shot and group research task on the inventions of the Greeks.
288. Annotate a map of Europe marking in locations of all the countries surrounding Greece. Use skitch, sketchbook express etc and add to your book on ancient Greece with a description on Greece’s location and what this location meant in terms of ancient Greece’s food, transport, influences etc.
289. Retell a Greek myth using PuppetPals HD – Use a background that relates to your myth and import your own images to tell the story of your myth- end your story by explaining what you think the meaning of the myth is and what myth is trying to explain.
290. Create a game about a Greek myth, a different myth to your animation! Using the app SketchNation studio to create your game. Used the advanced mode so you can include power ups (good things -e.g. fleece, thread), enemies (bad things – Minotaur, Sirens) You could also include, draw or create an image or words for platforms, enemies and power ups to assist in your creation of a myth game.
(this idea worked really well following on from the first lesson….. Students then tested each others games and gave feedback to improve and enhance the experience. Feedback was constructive and the students were inspired to add and enhance their own games once they played and got ideas from others. The buzz in the room was great with loads of help and support for issues – can’t have all enemies set to immediate and always! if you do they will not appear! Also loads of great positive feedback oh your game is the best i love the way.. I really like the way you have incorporated your ideas about… Your use of power ups is very clever…..You game is great but a real challenge i had to think and really get in the zone. Some great feedback and enthusiasm for the task and each others games. )
291. Students watched a short film about ancient Greece while watching they completed a SWOT analysis based on what they saw and heard in the film. They then discussed this in small groups adding to their ideas and taking turns to share their thoughts. Students used an app of their choice to create their table and add ideas on the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to Ancient Greece.
292. Using their SWOT analysis table students created a poster to show all the strengths of ancient Greece. Students used a variety of apps for this: Corkulous Pro, Pages, Phoster, SmartNote, keynote etc
293. Students added a new chapter to their Creative Book builder book on ancient Greece called Myths here they wrote briefly about two myths and included their PuppetPal video on a different myth. They also added a series of screen shots from their Greek myth game and explained how the game related to a myth.
294. Using a Venn diagram students will identify continuity and change over time for ancient Greece – people, government, buildings, sport, food, daily life etc. They will have various stimuli around the room to work through in a station set up. Video, audio, images, text etc Students will then add their diagram to their book.
295. Interview a significant ancient Greek – using Puppet Pals choose a significant ancient Greek from the hat and complete a mini research session on them. To tell the story of your significant Greek design questions to ask your significant Greek then answer the questions as your significant Greek might! Record your interview using the tv talk show set in Puppet Pals.
296. Students will create a pro and con diagram for the topic of living in ancient Greece using all of their research to date. Students will then discuss what they think are the greatest cons and pros adding ideas and issues to their organizer as they go. Students will need to move to different stations to hear different points of view from their peers.
297. Students will create a pro and con diagram comparing the Ancient Greek and Roman governments.
298. Create a comic book using strip designer entitled “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts” Make your comic in strip designer then save each page as an image. Use creative book builder to turn your images into a comic and save to ibooks so it has the look and feel of a comic book.
299. Use Minecraft to build a ancient Greek Monument – with students creating different ancient Greek monuments using http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greek_architecture students will choose a monument from a hat then recreate it in Minecraft – once created they will take screen shots use 360 panorama app identifying features of the building.
300. Having finished idea 299 students will create a tutorial on how to build their ancient Greek monument including information about how the ancient Greeks built the actual monument. Students can use snapguide or a screen capture app like screen chomp, educreations or show me.
301. Label a diagram of Ancient Greece identifying the areas of significance using skitch or sketchbook express.
302. Describe the impact of ancient Greek initiatives on the world today use an app of choice include text, images and your description and evaluation of the importance and impact from your studies and research.
303. Viewing a map of endangered species globally, use PEA, that is Pattern, example and anomaly, to describe the distribution of endangered species around the world. Use any app where you can include text and visuals.
304. Create a timeline to show significant events in ancient Greek history such as – 1250 fall of Troy, 776 first Olympics, 490 Battle of Marathon- use an app of choice etc
305. Provide the voice over commentary, narration, sound effects and voices for video footage given to students on ancient Greece. Students use reel director or imovie to complete the voice over.
306. Students use the app Toontastic or PuppetPals HD to create a story about Alexander the Great or Pericles. They need to use animation and voice to tell the story of either man and why there were significant and their place in ancient Greek history.
307. Write a letter from the Athenian general to the Spartan counterpart asking for help against the Persians. Use an app of your choice then email the letter.
308. Create and send a series of 7 postcards from a tourist who is traveling around ancient Greece and is visiting ancient Sparta and Athens. Use appropriate images for your postcards using Bill Atkinson’s photocard app.
309. Design a pediment depicting to show change over time in the Olympic games on one half show modern games and the other original games. Use a design and drawing app like sketchbook express to create your design.
310. Create a table to compare and contrast Sparta and Athens include points about: society, government, economy, education for boys and girls, culture and other. Use a app where you can create a neat table and input text, ability to include images is a bonus. Students can use smartnote, pages or an app of their choice.
311. After watching part of the documentary ‘The first Olympian’ students chose an app they liked and wrote an eyewitness account of the first Olympics. Describing what they would have seen, heard, smelt, felt as the excitement built. What was the atmosphere like, what were they competitors and spectators doing etc. Pages, Keynote, Smartnote, notes work for this task.
312. Using sketchbook express design your own temple to a God, choose your God then make an appropriate temple designed to reflect the importance and power of your chosen God.
313. Using your Plans for idea 312 bring your temple to life in Minecraft.
314. Design a sculpture to celebrate the Ancient Olympics. Use sketchbook express to create your design, when finished take a screen shot and annotate your image using skitch. Explain through your annotations the features of your sculpture.
315. Create an ancient Greek party for children – students decided what made a good party for children their age or younger. They decided that the essential features were: drinks, food, entertainment including music ad games, venue, invitations, decorations, date and costumes. Students in groups of various sizes have been planning their parties – using a variety of apps to create various aspects of their party. Students are blogging about their parties and then we shall vote on the best, you can too, then we shall party!! Find out more here – http://ancientgreekparty.global2.vic.edu.au/
316. Time to add a chapter to our creative book builder book – Party time ancient Greek style. Students have noted the essential points that will make their party full of fun along the theme. They have included pictures and information from their research.
317. Students are given a series of quotes students are to find out who said each quote. When the quote was said and the reference or context for the quote. Students can use word college or wordfoto and then create a poster or flyer to visually present research findings.
318. Having researched the first Olympics students are to organize how they could have a mini Olympics to salute the first Olympic games. A guide to the mini Olympics should be made in popplet lite or an app where you can have a flow chart which includes information and images.
319. Students are to use sketchbook express to design a medal to be presented to modern athletes at the next Olympics to commemorate the ancient first Olympics.
320. Following on from idea 319 students are to bring their images of their medal (back and front) into Pic collage, the davinci note, cartoonFrame, strip designer etc. Students are then to explain their salute to the ancient Olympians, what and why they have include words, images etc into their design for the medal.
321. Passion projects have been presented….Awesome they were students are now going to create a movie trailer to showcase / highlight a passion project. Students choose a name from the hat. Then each student needs to create an exciting trailer for another students project – as a salute to their peers work and passion.
322. Students using either inaworldor….drama or comedy or reel director or iMovie are to create a movie trailer for a new movie to be released for the Christmas holidays. The movie is about the Spartans and the Athenians.
323. Create a visual diary to explain life in Sparta and life in Athens. Students can use Pic Collage, davinci note, smartnote, pages etc
324. Using Popplet lite students are to create two flow charts on the same page comparing the government of Sparta and the government of Athens. Save your popplet lite flow chart as an image. Open Pic Colage import your popplet flow chart and then explain the key difference between these two powerful city-states in ancient Greece.
325. Create a new chapter in your creative book builder book on ancient Greece called Democracy. Write your own personal definition for the word “democracy.” Now go to a dictionary and get a formal definition.
326. Students are to write a speech on Democracy and then recorded it using GarageBand. Student are then to add their audio recording of their speech to their chapter on Democracy.
327. Using the app strip designer or app of choice Create a comic about What were the causes and effects of the Persian Wars on the Greek city-states?
328. Make a list of the major characteristics/beliefs of the religion of the ancient Greeks, use any app you like that allows text and some images.
329. Make a list of the major characteristics of classical Greek art and architecture. Make the list in a paragraph in your creative book builder book for ancient Greece.
330. Following on from idea 329 Create a poster highlighting your list and add the following to your poster In your opinion, what three words could be used to describe the values of the ancient Greeks that are reflected in their art and architecture? You can use Pages, Paperport notes, Pic Collage, Smartnote or another app that allows both text and images.
331. Create an animation using puppet pals on How Alexander the Great defeat the Persians? Export your animation to your camera roll then add your animation to your creative book builder book on ancient Greece.
332. Create a presentation about ‘What were Greek Plays Like?’ Using any app you like include in your response both write comments and visual information.
333. Download or make a screen shot of the diagram found here: http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/interactive_learning/yr7greecefiles/yr_7_gree_dram_theatre_diagram.htm Once you have a copy of the diagram on your iPad open sketchbook express and import your image. Label your diagram and add it to your book
334. Create a rap poem or rhyme about a ancient Greek god or goddess using Garageband,storify or talkapella.
335. Create a narrated art journey. Use AudioBoo or Educreations or story wheel all free apps students draw a picture or take a picture, and then record their voice with one of the apps previously mentioned which shares the voice recording with the chosen image.
336. Create a radio show for primary students about the Ancient Lands of Egypt, Greece and Rome. Using the app Garageband or Hokusai Audio Editor Create your radio show. Students will need to prepare a “storyboard” for the radio show. Students will need to write scripts for each spot in the show and rehearse reading their parts and working as a team to produce a somewhat polished recording. Then students record each show spot, saving each as an audio file. Student groups will then combine the audio spots into a single program. The Radio show will be uploaded and published. Podomatic or blogtalkradio are two possible sites to use to publish student recordings.
337. Story in 5 photos – students can use an app of choice eg. keynote, piccollage, educreations, CBB to demonstrate their understanding of a range of concepts studied in ancient Rome. Students can either create their own images or use images they find to tell the story of a concept in 5 photos – no text and no narration. Students then share their photo story and their peers need to explain the story being told by the images.
338. Using guided assistance on iPads to facilitate student sharing for pair and sharing of project materials without concern of who is viewing the “gallery” or email etc. Students are walked through how to turn on guided assistance to allow access only to the app where the project materials or work is located.
339. Create an Ancient Greek recipe book. Then publish and share it as an ePub include images of student created and shared food – class brainstorm the name of book and information, recipes images to go into it – students work individual reporting to their sections editor before the recipe is accepted into the book. Finally the book is put together and published as an ePub for all the have in their iBook library.
340. Mini Olympics games – five teams of students representing Spartans, Athenians, Argives, Megarians and Corinthians teams at the Olympics. Students in groups compete for their team in different events and take turns being the scribe to report on events to their city state. Students photograph the events using their iPads. Apps like videoPix can be used to identify the winner of events in slow motion.
341. Using images from Greek vases students identify sports played in the ancient games they add the information to a PDF document giving to them using the app safari to research and Smartnote, paper port notes or pages to annotate the PDF.
342. Using the above information on sports played in the ancient Olympics students create a 5 day program for the Ancient Games students are given the information for the first day then they determine what order they think the rest of games may have been in.
343. Make a list of the major characteristics of classical Greek art and architecture. Make a new chapter entitled art and architecture. Make the list in a paragraph in your creative book builder book for ancient Greece.
344. Read the story http://www.ancientgreece.co.uk/acropolis/story/sto_set.html then explore the acropolis here
http://www.ancientgreece.co.uk/acropolis/explore/exp_set.html then finally Go to http://www.ancientgreece.co.uk/acropolis/challenge/cha_set.html and complete the building challenge make sure you take screen shots of the temples you create – make two different temples. Add the images to your creative book builder book on ancient Greece in the art and architecture chapter and explain your different temples how do they different and why.
345. The Anatomy of a Greek Temple: Label the diagram of the Ancient Greek buildings using the app skitch. Then add the annotated images to your creative book builder book on Ancient Greece.
346. The ancient Greeks invented three types of columns: Doric style, Ionic style Corinthian style. What is the difference between each? Explain this in your creative book builder chapter on art and architecture. Sketch each style of column using sketchbook express include your sketches in your chapter on art and architecture.
347. Check out the 3d views of the Acropolis and Parthenon. Now using your list from idea 343 and what you have explored 3d Create a poster highlighting your list and add the following to your poster In your opinion, what three words could be used to describe the values of the ancient Greeks that are reflected in their art and architecture? You can use Pages, Paperport notes, Pic Collage, Smartnote or another app that allows both text and images.
348. Ancient Greek vases – Design your own greek pot http://www.schoolsliaison.org.uk/kids/greecepot.htm Use the diagrams to learn how pots were made and painted. Create your own pot – when your pot has been fired take a screen shot and add this to your book. Explain the purpose of Greek vases in your chapter and what they tell us about life in ancient Greece. (having trouble answering http://www.ancientgreece.co.uk/dailylife/explore/exp_set.html will help you:) )
349. Using the pottery app Pottery HD or let’s create pottery students create their own vases to support their learning of and from the lessons on art and architecture in order to explain the significance of pots and vases. In their CBB book on ancient Greece students also explain the importance they have had and made in informing us about the past.
350. Have student end their Ancient Greek book with a reflection on the unit of work what were the three things they loved the most, what two things didn’t they like and how could they be changed to make to improve them and what is one thing they would have like to have done but didn’t and one thing they did but would like to have improved their effort, application or performance in/on and why what would they change and why/how.
351. Students create visual notes for the Olympics students can use app brushes, live sketch or sketchbook express. Visual notetaking is a process of representing ideas by drawing pictures.
352. Students are read a Historical story and they create a series of images and pictures from their understanding of the content. As the story is read to the students they create pictures about what they hear, see, feel and think about the story.
353. Create a short puppet show using PuppetPals HD or Sock Puppets to explain the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
354. Students are shown the introduction to the Horrible History Ancient Greece: Wife Swap: Spartans and Athenians. Based on the show wife swap students will be recreating the ancient Greek version of the show by finishing the episode for the role they are given. Students are either given the role of Athenian or Spartan wife. Using an app of choice they need to record what they think would have happened when an Athenian wife went into a Spartan home for a typical week and a Spartan wife went into an Athenian home for a typical week. Once episodes are recorded and shared with the class students are shown the rest of the clip.
355. Students are split into three groups, each group are given a topic for Ancient Rome to create their own horrible history segment. Each segment will then be put together to make a Roman Horrible History TV show to be played to the class. Students will complete a rubrics on all episodes to assess the History content in each episode. Students will also help generate the rubrics by having a class discussion areas they think should be assessed.
356. Create a weird and wacky menu for Ancient Rome using the show super sizes for inspiration. Students can use any app they wish for this activity.
357. Create a digital story using the app MyStory or Creative Book Builder. Students can combine photographs, video, animation, sound, music, text, and often a narrative voice to communicate a message about the life and role of young people in Roman.
358. Message in a bottle – students create a message from Odyssess returning from the Trojan wars about one of his learnings and discovers from his 13 stops on his voyage to return home to Ithaca.
359. Truth or Myth: Play the students rasputin by boney m and read the lyrics , as well as show the students a clip from the movie Anastasia – students then research and work out what is truth and what is myth.
Thanks Lucy for this idea 🙂
360. Students use Popplet lite to create a flow chart of who is ruling the Roman republic. Include details on the role of and who were the patricians and the plebeians.
361. Use the app to Skitch to label and annotate a diagram of the Roman army in battle. Include as much detail as you can about the soldiers, their bodies and weapons, dress, forts, and their enemies. Students are then to write an account from a soldier to his mother about conditions on the battlefield and camp life.
362. Create a timeline using Popplet lite, of the key events for the first two Punic wars.
363. Using Sketchbook express students are to draw and label a sketch showing how Scipio set out his troops for the Battle of Zama include in annotation format why this strategy was successful.
364. Compare and contrast the role of women in the ancient societies we have studied use Corkulous Pro to create and show the similarities and differences.
365. Students write a script for two gladiators who are waiting under the area floor for their turn to fight in the Colosseum. Use your senses in your writing – what do you hear, see, feel etc Students then record their script using PuppetPals HD.
366. Ancient Roman’s masters of technology true or not? Create pic collage collage to explain the truth in this comment using pictures and words to explain the innovative technology created by the Romans and why it was important and innovative.