Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Exploring the explorers

Although many around the world have already started the summer holidays and some will soon be going back after their winter break, for most schools in England, this week is the final week of term!

To celebrate this, we've made a lot of our iPad apps either half-price or completely free, temporarily.

An example of one of our apps is an exciting history mystery about a Spanish explorer who set off to the New World. It is now £0.79 in the UK, $0.99 in the US and $1.29 in Australia. It's aimed at 11-14 year olds.

In pairs (small groups or alone are options too), students work through this topic together to discuss the motivations behind Pablo's venture.

They are given lots of illustrated slips/cards of information and asked to sort through them. To do this, they go through different stages (a structure based on Moseley et al.'s (2005) integrated model for understanding thinking and learning. Firstly, they gather information and read the slips, then they move towards building understanding by classifying the informaion and identifying relations. In the sequencing stage, they then focus on reasoning and understanding.

To download 'Digital Mysteries: Spanish Exploration and Conquest', half-price until 21st July, click here.

If you would like more information on Digital Mysteries, please go to www.reflectivethinking.com/digitalmysteries-ipad.

A screenshot of the grouping stage

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