D-DAY FOR KIDS
CONCEPT: An interactive look at crucial events from WW2 for young students.
DELIVERY: Last term my class were studying Ancient Greece and as a part of that, we shared an interactive version of The Odyssey, produced by French developers Quelle Histoire. I had planned on writing a review but when this latest WW2 themed offering was released, I decided to cover this one instead. That being said the apps are comparable and as such a lot of what I'll say is applicable to both.
What you get here is more than an ebook. It's an interactive guide to the events that lead to D-Day. Each page is beautifully drawn and fully narrated. There's also the option to pull down a tab at the top and read the content (you can switch off the narration) which allows for differentiation depending on the level of student.
You also get a map page that relates to each part of the story. These are fantastic as they help contextualise and place the events geographically as they unfold.
The final addition is a puzzle or game challenge for each section. These range from spot the difference to jigsaws and more. Completing them unlocks collectable trading cards which are filed in a little digital scrapbook. These collate the pivotal figures relating to each part of the history and in a cute touch, you get to scratch them off using the touchscreen to reveal who you got. Trust me - you'd be surprised how much the students get into this! The challenges are excellent for reinforcing the content as well as giving students a quick break before absorbing more of the information.
LIMITATIONS: Some way to export elements would be great (eg an image of the cards collected.) During the Ancient Greece project (where students were collating everything in an ebook) we resorted to screen grabs.
CONCLUSION: Beyond a book and pitched with just the right tone and difficulty to ensure engagement is high. 4/5
Teaching kids about D Day
Helping students understand the key political figures involved with WW2