An International Collaboration Celebrating the Characters of Star Wars.
We're rounding off 2015 with our biggest international collaboration yet to commemorate the launch of Star Wars The Force Awakens. Featuring content from a group of world class iPad pioneers, the challenge was simple:
Choose any Star Wars character and create a 30 second promotional video to sell them as the greatest character of them all.
We wanted this to be our biggest collaboration ever so we lined up an absolutely stellar cast of our own to take on thsi challenge. A huge thank you to all of them for taking time out for this amazing project. The full lineup includes:
From the iPad Educators team -
Steve Bambury - Dubai, UAE
Luke Rees - Dubai, UAE
John Jones - Rochester, UK
Alex Johnson - Mumbai, India
Alan Ellis - Liverpool, UK
Our Special Guest Stars -
Lee Parkinson - Manchester, UK
Mark Anderson - Bristol, UK
Joe Moretti - Bristol, UK
Mickie Mueller - Nebraska, USA
Cormac Cahill - Cork, Ireland
Coby Reynolds - Sharjah, UAE
Mat Pullen - Newport, UK
John Gulick - California, USA
Charlotte Billot - Toulouse, France
I think you'll agree that this is a pretty remarkable lineup including Apple Distinguished Educators, Apple Education Trainers, Google For Education Trainers, award-winning bloggers, keynote speakers and general edtech rockstars.
Again - a massive thank you to all of them for giving up some time for the project. Isn't it great how Star Wars brings us all together?
The basic premise of the project is to make a piece of propaganda for the character. This is a great task to set students and can be used to hone persuasive language skills as readily as it can be used to evaluate political tactics both historical and from the present day. Applying the Star Wars theme is obviously not a necessity but don't be afraid to incorporate some pop culture into your classroom - it's a sure fire route to elevated engagement levels as anyone who has successfully harnessed Minecraft in class will tell you.
The importance of giving students some app autonomy
Participants were allowed to use any app(s) that they wanted to in order to design their unique project. Choice in digital learning has been a central theme here on iPad Educators this year, as seen in previous projects like Don't You Forget about Me (aka What if the Breakfast Club had iPads?), the Hobbit themed There and Back Again with an iPad and the mighty iVengers team up.
The iPad is one of the most versatile tools that you can offer a student. Granting then more freedom to choose how they harness it allows them to express their individual creativity in ways you might not expect. It's also a great way to personalise their learning journey without ostensible differentiation like putting them into three transparent ability groups.
Give your students (or in this case, a group fo world-class educators) the app autonomy that they deserve and they will give you their best.
Thinglink as a medium for sharing the projects
The time limit was set at 30 seconds for two reasons. Firstly we wanted to use Thinglink as he medium for collating and sharing the projects. We're big fans of Thinglink here at iPad Educators (check out This is Thinglink) as it offers the unique opportunity to create interactive pictures by tagging media to a background image.
Thinglink only allows 30 second videos to be directly embedded, though you could always link to a longer clip on Youtube. The second reason though was that we wanted to keep it fair so the short but sweet 30 second entries made sense!
Collaboration meets competition
To make things even more interesting, we decided to make the whole thing a bit of a competition. Below you will find the Thinglink containing all of the projects. Underneath this you will find a poll that will allow you to vote for your favourite project.
We will keep the poll open into early 2016 and will notify you via social media when it has closed. We will then announce the winner!
Good luck to all of the participants.
Voting on the App Wars projects has now closed!
We want to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of people that took the time to watch the entries and votr for their favourite.
Congratulations to Mickie for her winning entry supporting Pade Amidala.
A break down of the results can be seen below.