Just over a year ago we published our App Wars project which was the largest collaboration we'd ever put together here at iPad Educators with digital content produced by a group of 14 international educators. It was the culmination of a series of projects I'd coordinated around the theme of App Autonomy - the idea of giving students the freedom to choose their own digital tools to complete a given task. It was a real success and hundreds of educators across the globe voted for their favorite entry with Mickie Mueller claiming the crown for her Padme video.
As early as May last year, I had started planning for another group project of a similar style, this time with a Game of Thrones theme. Then after my accident in Germany whilst at the Apple Global Institute and my subsequent move onto a new, much broader role at my school, it fell onto the back burner (much like the iDoceo project I finally published just before Christmas.) I started working on plans for it again briefly in September then as I was coordinating the Digital Innovation Summit, my good friend and fellow ADE Ciaran Kelly, put the breaks on it again when I asked him what his conference presentation was going to be called and he said "A Game of Apps" - and it had a Game of Thrones theme. It seemed that it was a case of great minds thinking alike but when I told Ciaran he was more than happy for me to still use the title. By the way - the presentation he and Noel Tuohy delivered at The Summit was one of the most engaging, hilarious sessions I've ever seen. Noel's John Snow was priceless.
So with Ciaran and Noel's blessing (and the promise of first pick) I began recruiting an international cast of edtech superstars to bring the original idea to life. The concept is that they each select a GOT character and a creative app. They had to produce a piece of digital media to support their character's claim to the Iron Throne in the most creative, persuasive way possible. The projects were then collated using Thinglink and you can vote on a winner.
Just to clarify - in no way am I suggesting that a Game of Thrones project would be suitable for a classroom. Much like with the other projects we've done (iVengers, App Wars, The Breakfast Club one) the project has a pop culture theme to appeal to teachers who are fans of the show. The same concept could easily be transposed to a curriculum topic eg WW2 leaders, Egyptian gods etc. I like to push boundaries but even I wouldn't bring the world of GOT into the classroom!
(EDIT: Thanks to Peter Ford for pointing me towards this brilliant piece about an educator who DID use Game of Thrones in the classroom in quite an unusual way - link)
Below you can find an embedded version of the Thinglink map as well as the voting system.
You can also find the full, larger version of the map on Thinglink via - https://www.thinglink.com/scene/887691591987232769
So check out the projects and may the best Lannister win.
Hurry though - winter is coming after all.
Voting on the Game of Apps has now closed. Congratulations to Brandi McWilliams whose Arya Stark clip snagged a whopping 70% of the votes to claim victory!