Wow it's been ages since I blogged! In my defence it's been an ...interesting year so far with many demands on my time, both good and bad. I will try harder ! I've been asked several times on courses recently for apps to use for a WW1 topic so I've put together a small collection, these are the ones I think are best:
History Challenge WW1 - this one was a little embarrassing for me to be honest, because it showed me just how bad my knowledge of the war is. I've never been good at history but it was shocking how many questions I got wrong - perhaps it's just because of the rate of little grey cells dying but I was ashamed! It would be a good app for students to use for revision, you are rewarded for quick answers and the app includes photos and quotes that make each question a learning experience.
Timeline WW1 - does what it says on the tin, this app is an interactive timeline of the events of WW1 with film clips, 500 photos, animated maps and war poetry read by serving soldiers. Very professional app and the poetry adds a poignance to the facts.
First World War Story - produced by the BBC History magazine one would expect this to be good and it doesn't disappoint. Includes video footage and audio of lectures on various aspects of the war along with maps, photos and information.Well designed.
Campfire Graphic Novels WW1 - this isn't a complete app but a graphic novel that you purchase within a comics app. The World War One graphic novel recounts the facts of the war from a first person perspective and the story is told in an exciting way - would be engaging for those boys that are somewhat reluctant to read but enjoy comics.
Comics in the Classroom - I love this app, the idea is that you read (or listen to ) the facts then go to the comic page. Narration boxes are left blank and you have to choose the correct answer from a list which tests how well you have taken in the information. If you get all of the answers right the comic is unlocked, if not you redo. There are 6 comics available at the moment but The Archduke and the Black Hand Gang is the one that fits with the focus of this blog post. Downloadable PP presentations are available as well with learning outcomes & lesson ideas.
War Horse - this app is a thing of beauty and would be one of my top ten apps. It includes the full text of the book with an accompanying audio book read by the author himself, footage of a performance of an abbreviated version with Michael Morpurgo and musical accompaniment, an interactive timeline and an Insights area with videos of experts discussing various aspects of WW1 as well as the author discussing why he wrote the book etc. Brilliant value for money.
Are you using any other apps on this subject? please do share as a comment, love getting suggestions!
My blog is a collection of thoughts and I hope you will learn something about me from the ramblings as well as finding some useful links. I'm Bev Humphrey and I'm a Literacy, School Libraries and Technology Consultant. I am self employed so views expressed are solely my own.